"It almost seems like revenge, then, doesn’t it, that heirlooms are buried to keep them out of the hands of others? But it’s not revenge. It’s pride. It’s belief in some awards-based system of afterlife. That is self-aggrandizement taken to fanatical levels. Sure, it has historical basis. Fine. As do we. So they will keep giving and we will keep taking. It’s the natural order of things. The earth should be kept clean."

Rotters, by Daniel Kraus.