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Is George Washington dead?

George Washington, the father of our country.I say no. Let me explain.

Suppose you have a venerable old maple tree in your back yard. The tree dies. It is dead. You call a tree removal company, and they come to chop down your dead tree. They remove all the wood and grind out the stump. Now the tree is gone. You would not call it dead, because it no longer exists. Something that does not exist cannot be dead.

The same applies to George Washington and the rest of the great majority. When a person dies, he is dead, and he remains so as long as his body persists. But once he is cremated, or turns to dust in the ground, he can no longer be called dead. He no longer exists.

George Washington is not alive, but neither is he dead. He is gone.

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