Flotsam consists in all natural matter that floats upon the ocean. Jetsam consists in all manmade matter that floats upon the ocean. What then is a human corpse? And were I to slip myself over the side of the ship, would I possess the courage to let myself drown as flotsam drowns—nature blissfully sinking into itself—or would I start screaming for help as jetsam still claiming its right to salvation?
Lawrence Sutin, When to go into the Water.