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He's asking if it is reasonable to expect something to die just because it turned up at some place where it wouldn't know it was unwelcome, and used a more dear to us example to get us thinking. It's not that hard.
Originally Posted by Seviraph
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Trying to compare the life of an insect to that of a child is still pretty silly, though.
Sure, it's good not to needlessly kill every bug you see, but humans and bugs are on completely different levels. Even moreso than animals and humans.
Some people also have phobias relating to bugs, so I don't see why they should have to suffer in the presence of a bug if it's literally impossible to get it to leave.
If that's a bad thing, then I guess I'm a cruel, heartless murderer of bugs.
Well, somewhat I guess. But the general principle still holds true. No need to kill/damage something just because one dislikes it to some extend.
Originally Posted by Cynic
As for phobias, behaviouristic therapy works wonders.
you have bacteria all over your body, and I'm sure many die inside your body this very moment, yet they had no idea they're not allowed inside your body
you probably ate a few spiders while you were asleep too
Except you can't consciously control the killing of bacteria and most of those who die due to your immune system probably are better off dead than in your body anyway, so that's not a good example.
Originally Posted by Seviraph
First, that spider statistic is supreme bollocks anyway, second, again no conscious choice.
oh I'm just saying noone feels bad when bacteria dies, so why are bugs any different
Originally Posted by Sumpfkraut
it's not about whether they deserve to die or not
They aren't really that different as far as the consciousness is concerned (obviously there are massive differences biologically speaking, but that is irrelevant for our purposes), but it's still not necessary to kill them.
Obviously there are more than enough bugs so the handful of people hell-bent on killing them whenever they see them isn't much of a big deal environmentally speaking, but hey. I think it feels nice not do to something harmful merely out of spite.
I pretty much follow the rules of nature, as far as that goes.
Something invades my territory, it dies. It's true in the animal kingdom, so... if certain things are stupid enough to do so, then they don't deserve life.
That's my prerogative anyways.
Last edited by TA; 03-14-2012 at 01:06 PM.
Originally Posted by ShadowFox31
I normally try to take any bug inside my house outside, cause well I'm really sensitive to anything living (why I don't eat meat x_x )
There's been a few cases where we couldn't get it outside, so someone else had to kill it and I'd end up crying and feeling really bad... /still hasn't forgotten those few times we had to LOL ;;
Love is the only rational act
Originally Posted by RicochetOrange
I don't care about bugs and to some extent fish. And a lot of reptiles.