I talked with Neil Kehler who is involved with a “Casket Ministry” at First Mennonite Church in Bluffton, Ohio. He and other church “carpenter hobbyists” make nice, cherry wood caskets for deceased church members. The cost: $300. Neil told me the going cost for an on-the-market casket these days would be: $6,000, or so. Now… There are currently some 1 billion people living in slums throughout the Third World. At a stop at Habitat for Humanity Headquarters in Americus, Georgia, several years back, we learned Habitat builds new homes in Uganda, Tanzania, Biafra… to help get families out of these slums. The cost: $2,000 a home. Some math: We currently bury one dead American for the same amount of money it would take to: get three very alive families out of slums in the Third World! Let that sink in. Note: Overheard in Lima, Ohio, today… Q: “What is the biggest room in the world? A: Room for improvement.” And on this ‘casket thing’ in America, we have a whole lot of room for improvement.