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In evaluating the separate cultures in terms of life long learning, Taylor (2001) said that “lifelong learning” has been a key concept of adult education in Western Europe starting in the 1980s. The author made mentioned of its significance, which has been put in numerous reports and commissions. Based on this life long learning is valued in the West and such values may not be as evident in the East. Taylor (2001) explained that lifelong learning has been the reference point for policy makers, and this was manifestly clear in post compulsory education and training throughout Western Europe during the 1990s.

What could be proofs that life long learning is not as prevalent in the East? The best proof is the realization that people in the East have their studies in the best universities of the West. This speaks of desire on the part of the eastern people to value life long learning which their governments in the East may not yet ready to support in their educational systems. In relating the attitude to dead loved to life long learning it could be posited that Western culture would have a better understanding of events that came along the lives of people by their strong desire for life long learning.


It could be learning is the best anti-dote to ignorance. Perhaps it could be also be posited that the prevalence of individualism in Western culture may be supporting their more advance attitude moving toward a more liberal beliefs and practice on cremations. However, it would seem that an objection would be posed by those who practice Buddhism rites in the East especially the Japanese who carries their cremations more often

To say that other cultures funeral rituals are more emotionally healing or generally more beneficial than the customs we are used to is to say the we should be using the other cultures own rituals. Had other things more beneficial we would have adopted the same. However, statistics speak for themselves, the increasing number of cremations which appears have less emotional healing power may have been the more beneficial practice to people considering the other needs of the people.

Cultures are voluntary actions on the part of groups of people. They have grown out of practice and out of collective that such is the best. It could not be deduced therefore that are we becoming a society of direct cremations making people disposable like many things in today’s society. Rather out cultures evolve as the need of time considering the speed of technology that would help us to be emotionally healed in other ways when there are deaths aside from the traditional way of disposing of the body of the dead.

The practice of other cultures to bury their dead may be viewed to offer more emotional healing but it does also mean that the west has become less emotional by practicing cremation more than burial. Moreover, even in the body is disposes of using cremation, the family of the loved ones can always make it meaningful to allow them to undergo really the process that would give them the healing. It is all a matter of knowing what one wants to happen and actually doing it.

The fact that not there are parts of western and eastern culture that believe in both cremation and burial is an indication of changes that may have been influenced by practical, religious or other reasons and not necessarily become less emotionally healing to practice cremation. What is evident from this paper is that the choice of whether to practice cremation is burial is first influence by the religion of the person who have their dead ones part of their experience but no amount of religion could make it also when for practical reasons, cremation is the simplest and least costly of the options.


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