I remember years ago I lived in a cheap damp bedsit. One night I got up and saw these silver fish crawling amongst the floor. Yip my ethics went out the window and I killed them. Sometimes fear and shock overpowers ones beliefs. I went back to bed and felt uneasy. Jumping out of bed and putting the light on there was loads of them, one was on my pillow. I flattened the lot of them and and soon discovered where the nest was. I poured fairy liquid down where they came from and soon the queen appeared. I flattened her. End of infestation.
Yes. And this is what we now need to do with bed bugs which have grown in infestation rates across North America and Europe. They bite and they spread relentlessly. We need to kill them. it's ok.
We are all full of contradictions and hypocrisies. Purity only exists in the Christ.
Christ gave his disciples advice on where to fish in order to increase their yeild. What do you think he would have advised his disciples if they were infested with bed bugs? Christ was a human being just like you and me.
I would like to add even 20 years on I do regret that act.
What else do you regret? We are all regretful of something. This is the human predicament. If i may be so bold .... I might suggest that your regret gives you a certain sense of "SELF". If you were to give up your regret, who would you be?
I'm on medication so I see these animals with an intense guilt. Probably a guilt as such it counter attacks the benefits it is supposed to be helping me with.
Hmmm, ..... What if you were to give up both your guilt and your medication? What would happen then? Okay, so keep your medication, but what would happen if you gave up your guilt?
Thousands of years ago cats were worshipped as Gods, they have never forgotten this.
Ha-ha. I see this comment as funny yet so true. I don't think any species has forgotten their inherent freedom. The cat who lives with me could attest to this fact as she is constantly reminding all of us here .... while she stretches out .... LANGUIDLY, ... CASUALLY, ... WAITING TO BE PET AND FED! They have no concepts that bind them to anything other than what they are. Even slum cats know they are divine.
Gaia as a living organism may see us as I saw the silver fish on that fateful night.
Ahhhh, but although Gaia is a beautiful concept in that it at least recognizes that we are connected not only to each other but also to our environment, ... that we are not separate from our environment, ..... the concept itself is not really different from the idea of an over-seer, or a god, or a mum and dad who constantly looks over us. This idea is very deeply conditioned. The idea of god, an overseer, a Gaia .... or whatever may be conceived .... is simply a concept. One concept may be more clever than another, but is stlll a concept. I would venture to say that there is no Gaia over-seeing your squashing of the silverfish because the siver fish are Gaia and so are you.
While we may be Gaia, we are on our own. Do we dare think of such a thing?
Mothy, .... are you listening?
What would it be if we had absloutely no beliefs? Who would you be if your belief that you were depressed was dropped?
Even at your most foolish a dog will imitate you in its quest for your affection.
It would seem that dogs are born happy .... as we are. Happinesss is our natural state.