Except for the fact that I am aware that my life-insurance would pay off the house if I were to die, I have confirmed that I am worth more (in dollars and cents) alive than dead –good to know.
According to ‘The Cadaver Calculator’ my corpse would be worth a whopping $3520.00
The way I figure it, that works out to about $9.65 a day for 1 year.
I guess I need to take better care of myself.
But the dead can teach us something; something worth more than money, as is evident from the following story from the Sayings of the Desert Fathers:
A brother came to see Abba Macarius the Egyptian, and said to him, “Abba, give me a word, that I may be saved.” So the old man said, “Go to the cemetery and abuse the dead.” The brother went there, abused them and threw stones at them; then he returned and told the old man about it. The latter said to him, “Didn’t they say anything to you?” He replied, “No.”
The old man said, “Go back tomorrow and praise them.” So the brother went away and praised them, calling them, “Apostles, saints, and righteous men.” He returned to the old man and said to him, “Did they not answer you?” The brother said, “No.”
The old man said to him, “You know how you insulted them and they did not reply, and how you praised them and they did not speak; so you too, if you wish to be saved, must do the same and become a dead man. Like the dead, take no account of either the scorn of men or their praises, and you can be saved.”