Bury: (v) to put or hide under ground.
Everyone loves a good resurrection. No one wants to bury anything, to see if it can be awakened.
How do we decide if something is dead?
It doesn’t have a pulse.
There’s a good sign. The lack of a pulse is a pretty clear indication that something should be buried.
It doesn’t have breath.
We find ourselves staring at it instead of experiencing conversation, with enthusiastic ideas spurting forth.
It starts turning gray.
Yes, even when things are valuable, you need to make sure they don’t turn old.
And as it starts to fall apart, it stinks. Maturity is when we stop pretending that something isn’t smelling up the joint, and we talk about how bad it reeks.
It’s not responsive.
The world is going on around it, and there is no acceptance, realization, acknowledgment or participation.
It’s in the way.
Because it does not offer contribution, it clutters.
There are many things in our society which are dead and need to be buried, but we keep them around because we have a flag to commemorate them, a sanctuary to revere them or an office building to house them.