I’m curious, what makes you want to actually kill that bug?
Yes its scary etc etc, but why rip the entire pure soul from its small little body? I’m curious :)
@buanaoda, cause and effecr, every “negative action has a negative reaction, eventually”
Now ,say you kill that small ant, out of irritation or anger, down the line, that tiny little ant WOULD of crossed the road, an attracted a moth that ate it, this moth then flew further down the road and attracted a bird which ate it, then the bird happened to be there at that moment, for a car to swerve out the way of it, which saved a family crossing the street, or something but because you killed it out of angernone of these occuring events happened and well..the family was struck by the car.
Everything is connected, no matter How samll or insignificant, it has a place on this earth. (Just my opinion)
Fun question, Kyle! I used to just react without much thought to creepy-crawlers… the “Eeewww, gross, a bug!” kind of thing. Then I started to look closer at them, what they were doing, what significant attributes they evolved with…Quite amazing critters! Enter a bit of maturity & respect for Life & lives.
In honesty, however, I have yet to truly find same respect for mosquitos, ticks, & fleas, outside of being food for other creatures. And flies do eat of the manures most will not…although they are annoying, nonetheless. Scavengers & blood-suckers are not exactly eye-candy, either, but as long as they leave me & mine at peace, I do the same unto them. Wasps & hornets…same deal…leave me be, I let you bee. :)
Here’s a funny thought for ya…Perhaps there is a positive note to humans poisoning themselves with all matter of garbage-food & chemicals…We will no longer be tasty morsels, nor smell like yummy meals…to anything except scavengers. UGH! Right? heehee!
@kylerbbrowning, It’s funny because all my friends pull my leg because I don’t kill them!!!
To me it’s simply a question of respect for and harmony with every living being. I totally agree with Filip, if it is not for survival I don’t see the point! It is not their fault if you are annoyed or disgusted by them…
I try not to kill insects. I do respect them, but at the same time I find it justifiable in certain situations. If there’s a trail of ants taking over my kitchen, I’m not going to just sit there & meditate with them in peace & harmony. They have to go. Same with roaches.
@kylerbbrowning, I can’t kill insects, not on purpose. Even if it’s a wasp that’s hell bent on stinging me (wasps don’t have intentions like that, but let’s, for this example, say they do).
Then again, I live in a country where none of the wildlife are particularly life threatening. I may have a different outlook if there was a poisonous spider sitting on my pillow while I want to go to sleep. Then again, I might not.
@kylerbbrowning, I do it mindlessly because the overwhelming majority of society does it so but I’ve been making an effort to be more mindful and stop doing it. There’s no need to kill ants and other bugs. If they’re in your home research ways to expel them and maybe it’s a sign to organize and clean more often and thoroughly or something of the sort. I found that living beings don’t bother you if you don’t bother or feel threatened by them. When I was meditating one morning under my favorite banyan tree I discovered-about twenty odd minutes in-that the surrounding area was drenched in tiny red ants and quite a bit of them were crawling on me but none of them bit or bothered me whatsoever – and if they had bit me, I would’ve noticed as I’m moderately allergic to red ants.
tldr; there’s almost never a need to kill another living creature, choose to be imaginative over being a murderer.
@kylerbbrowning, sometimes I do sometimes I don’t. I’m way more prone to kill an insect in my home than outside.
This past weekend I was at what we call a “renaissance festival” and bees were around. People tried killing them and I saved them. But in my house we live near commercial farms and fruit flies are rampant. We set up cider vinegar traps and well they actually kill themselves.
So for me it depends if that bug is bothering me. I try not to kill them for no reason but the dam fruit flies are annoying.
I’ve done my fair share of bug-squatting. I remember pulling the wings of wasps in my younger days, chillin with my friends in the sandbox. Gosh, that is horrible.
Nowadays I let them be of course. Why would I not. Though I tell you guys. If you come to the northern parts of Sweden during mosquito-season it’s either them or you. It’s a warzone.
@kylerbbrowning, today, nothing. I avoid killing insects (or arachnids, etc.) today if at all possible, with the exception of mosquitoes, or if I somehow found an incredibly poisonous one inside but that’s never happened yet. When I find insects in the house today, I catch them and put them outside. You’re right – it’s a classic case of just because someone CAN do something (squishing bugs) absolutely does not mean they SHOULD. Today I appreciate them, and find them interesting.
I admit, when I was a kid I didn’t have any such compunction about squishing them. And one time I was drunk on a camping trip and shot at spiders with a bb gun – I regret that. But today, I avoid it. Even when I’m biking around in the summer sometimes, I stop and pluck cicadas from the sidewalk or the street and put them back on trees, so they won’t be squished. And I put earthworms that have washed on the sidewalk back into the mud. I enjoy catching fireflies, but I let them go.
@kylerbbrowning, what i dont understand about those little creatures, is why do they bother me inside my home? Why are they not just flying away outside the window, or being free in nature. I would never go to a forest to kill them or something, but they start bugging me flying around me or flying against the window all the time or against the ceiling, i dont understand, can they not comprehend that they should not fly or annoy inside someones home if there is no need to annoy me? Yeah i think if they would have a soul, why dont they comprehend not to bother me or fly around the light or do all these annoying things inside my home. Why can they not just fly away outside the window?
My friend has a motto about killing bugs– it’s “if i’m in their home, i let them be, but if they’re in mine, they’re goners” …meaning basically if we’re outside and they’re around or even crawling on us, we keep the peace; but if one gets into the bedroom, that motherbugger is trespassing and has met his kingdom come.