Well, not exactly.
But at least I didn’t kill it.
That – for me – is major progress.
Lately I’ve found myself having a number of conversations about why we human beings spare – or kill – what we choose to spare or kill.
Growing up, my family lived in a humid place near a bayou, so every day was like a brand new episode of “Bugs Gone Wild.”
I got used to killing with impunity (the other option being the possibility of ingesting, being bitten by, and/or sleeping with whatever creepy-crawly I was staring at at that particular moment).
But then I started meditating….and studying teachers like the Dalai Lama (a bug pacifist if I’ve ever met one).
From an interview with the Dalai Lama:
His Holiness particularly emphasized the role of education in developing compassion so that intellectual development is concurrent with moral development. He urged that children should be taught the value of compassion when they are small. He said that Tibetan parents teach their children not to kill insects and the children grow up to value all life. If children do not value insect life, that can be a slippery slope to devaluing all life.
Yet, when asked (by Oprah) if he ever needed to forgive himself for something, His Holiness stated:
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