Regardless of what society believes happens after death, death is a finality for the body of the particular individual. Whether one believes in reincarnation, heaven, or simply nothingness, or any variation in between, the fact that the individual and the individual's body is no longer walking the earth appears to be something that is not actually debatable. What to do with that body then becomes an issue, especially if the individual is perceived as being bad.
People that are very superstitious will not want to become involved with the body of an individual that has allegedly been bad due to the fact that they might pick something up from that individual or might sully themselves somehow by agreeing to perform last rites for someone that they may feel does not actually deserve this. However, they argue so long about what they will do with the body that these individuals actually make the problem much worse because the plague that began from the corpse that was left to rot destroyed many people and caused a great deal of damage.
This was something that could have been avoided if someone would have been willing to give this individual last rites or if there was something in the scriptures that indicated what should be done with a rebel from the clan. The book, however, is very fascinating because many of the issues that deal with good and bad can be looked at not only in this context but in many other contexts as well. Modern society still struggles with good and bad just as much as societies of old. It may not be the same specific issues, but the underlying theme of good and bad is still there and will remain well into the future.
Modern society also struggles with ritual to a certain extent. While death is not actually a ritual, everything that surrounds it usually is. The way that death is handled in a particular society, what type of provisions are usually made for the dead, and many other issues all belong to rituals that a certain society sees as important. Not all societies bury their dead a particular amount of time after death, not all of them feel the same way about burial or cremation, and not all of them use the same ritual words and motions for funerals and other issues. In some places the dead are celebrated instead of viewing a church full of weeping individuals. Neither one of these is necessarily right or wrong, but they are very different and this has much to do with how particular societies have been raised to handle things.
For the society in this book, much of what the author deals with has to do with how societies interact and how the members of that society can deal with one another. Those that feel they are above others often consult other wise individuals as to what should be done, but what it comes down with the body of the dead rebel is that it is actually cremated by one of the low mistresses and a Muslim that has helped her, instead of being dealt with by those that are considered to be higher up or in command. This is a very interesting issue that has been brought to light because of the fact that these people are usually designed to be those that are in charge that take care of these kinds of issues.
There is an unspoken yet implied idea that these individuals should know what they need to do and should be able to come up with the best solution if nothing else tells them what should be done. However, the author makes it appear as though these individuals are not nearly as wise as they seem to be and even though they see themselves as good and the lower individuals as bad, it is quite possible that many of the good ideas, thoughts, and feelings that belong to the area come from those that are considered to be lower or not as important. This does not mean to imply that those who believe they are good are bad and those that believe they are bad are good, but only that there is both good and bad in all individuals regardless of their status, how much money they have, or anything else that belongs to them.
This idea that all people are both bad and good is somewhat difficult for many to accept. Most people believe that they are good people and that others are the bad people. In other words, it becomes an 'us vs. them' mentality. No one wants to think of themselves as belonging to the bad guys or belonging to the lynch mob, but instead they want to see themselves as the heroes of their own personal dramas. Many people are inherently good for the most part, but this does not allow for the fact that some of these people are also bad in various ways. No one can be entirely all good or all bad and many of the things that one individual sees as bad another individual will simply see as part of life.
This often happens with various religions because many people that believe what their religion has to tell them find that other religions are assumed to be bad. Naturally, most people know that nothing in life is ever explicitly guaranteed and that right and wrong are sides of the same coin. However, being able to take that basic knowledge and utilize it properly in life is something that is very difficult. This is part of what the author is trying to get across in the book, because these people must understand that there are many good and bad points about those that consider themselves above the others and there are many good and bad points about the lower individuals as well.
Most of the individuals in the lower classes do not wish to recognize the good in those that they feel oppress and control them, while many people in the upper classes do not wish to recognize the good in individuals that they feel they are much better than. Despite this, however, what the author to shows us in the book is that good and bad belongs to every individual. How much good or how much bad an individual chooses to show or exercise has a lot to do with that person's character and how he or she was raised.
However, even someone from a good home and neighborhood can turn out to be a genuinely bad person, and individuals raised in bad neighborhoods and in ghettos can turn out to be wonderful, good, and caring citizens. These people are the ones that understand that good and bad runs down the middle of every individual and these individuals made a personal choice about how they are going to live their lives and what side of the line they are going to remain on most of the time. When a person makes this kind of choice, he or she has better control of his or her own destiny and he or she also acknowledges the fact that there is good or bad in himself or herself. If this was not acknowledged then there would be no need to make a conscious decision about actions that will be made in the future.
One of the most important issue that can be found in this book, and the most important thing that the author wants to get across, is this conflict with good and bad. The author understands, as do most individuals, that there is no way to resolve this issue and that the issue is something that will always be a concern. Because good and bad belong to every individual there is no way to remove one and leave the other. If this could be done society would undoubtedly be a better place because all individuals would be good, but yet there are still problems with this because what is good and what is bad cannot be agreed upon by all members of a particular society. Without an agreement as to what is good and what is bad there will be no complete peace for any society, but this contextual issue has been going on for hundreds of years and it does not look as though there is any chance of it being resolved in the…