Many celebrities or rich private citizens engage in a bit of post-mortal self-aggrandizing egotism by blasting some portion of their remains into space. This includes James Doohan, the immortal “Mr. Scott” of Star Trek fame.

I have two problems with this.

1. It is an unconscionable waste of resources considering the fuel to weight ratio of sending anything into space.

2. Earth provided the biological raw materials for us to have life, and I like to think that when I pass on, the raw materials I am made of will be recycled into new life. Removing anything from that process strikes me as unappreciative of the gift of life that was given to me.