PROPITIOUSNESS II

6/1/2016

Human cremation can be traced back to more than 20,000 years ago in history. Its popularity rose and declined according to culture, religious beliefs, and knowledge of disease transmission. Varanasi, India has 24/7 funeral pyres going due to its importance as a sacred religious location and a large population. Incineration was prevalent during WW2 to dispose of the large number of war victims, either direct or indirect, particularly by the Germans, who observed that once a crematorium reached a threshold, no fuel was needed to sustain the process. It ran on human fat. In today’s modern world, it’s all about recycling and being green, so it would be a natural fit to bring online the ‘pyre palaces’. These electrical generating plants would run off the heat produced by the chemical energy stored in human fat. With humans dying at the rate of approximately 55 million per year and a rapid increase in the obesity rate coupled with an average birth rate of 131 million per year and shrinking urban land, it would make economic and ecological sense. Instead of paying for a funeral service, the surviving family members would be paid for the fuel present in the deceased. It would be known as the: CARCASSES TO KILOWATTS PROGRAM. It would employ a large number of people to run this industry, and with some retraining, we could absorb all those lost in the former funeral businesses.  Bioengineers could be hired to find efficient ways to recycle human skin because it would have more value in the fashion industry than just a few hundred BTU’s of heat. For the geriatric group, the major donators to this electric industry, incentives such as a bonus for dying during peak power demands. Also the ritual from the Hindus, known as Sati, could be reintroduced for an upgrade. This ritual encouraged the wife of the deceased to throw herself onto her husband’s burning body to show her devotion. It would prove advantageous on hot days with heavy air conditioning loads. 

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