Culture and a Man's Dying Wish

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A man dies. His community's culture deems that he be buried in holy ground lest the community suffer some catastrophe. He, having always been at odds with his community on this point, has left a provision in his will that he be cremated and his ashes scattered into the ocean. The body waits in the hospital while the community debates the issue. What is to be done? The elders have asked for a moral opinion. …

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…to make, but this is my advice. I would not be able to push my beliefs about individual rights on others. I do not know the specifics of the culture; this is why the community itself must have the final choice. The decision here will set a precedent for others, and the wrong one could crumble the community. I say bury the man in his special holy ground. It would be the best for all.