What can you kill without feeling remorse?

001 2012/05/27 12:37:52
Last week I saw a question about killing spiders. Now, some people do and others do not, each for their own reasons. Hardly anyone would feel sorry for a little spider. But where does remorse begin? What do you have to kill to feel bad about it afterwards?

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Would you kill any bug that bugs you? Can you chop off a chicken's head without feeling a thing? Would you kill rodents or fish or even mammals? Or maybe you believe it is wrong to kill, no matter how small?
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  • Zen 2014/06/12 04:07:30
    I can kill anything, within reason, but I can't kill anything without remorse. It is certainly easier when what you're killing is a direct threat to you, your family, friends, pets, property, etc.; but there is still the question of "was this necessary" that will always linger in my mind.

    If I can answer it with a resounding yes, the guilt shambles away like a defeated opponent; grumbling under its breath vows to return again. It does, of course, in my weakest moments. When I'm tired, barely awake, lying in my bed. It taunts me.

    When I fail to produce that unwavering conviction that killing was essential, the remorse pounces on me and demands restitution. It pummels me to the ground and grinds my face in the dirty deed. The punishment goes on until I satisfy some vague and ritualistic practice of begging forgiveness.

    Eventually it lets me go and I sleep. I die that little death myself. Upon waking I wonder if I perhaps did die, stained with the blood I spilled, and that they let someone new wander around in this meat-shell I call a body.
  • Queen Katherine 2012/05/29 20:59:08
    Queen Katherine
    Any kind of bug really.
  • Rogue_Loner 2012/05/29 18:06:40
  • Piper 2012/05/29 17:53:41
    I don't purposely kill anything, if I can figure out a reasonable alternative. I can kill fleas and ticks without remorse, or a mosquito that's biting me.
  • Rogue_L... Piper 2012/05/29 18:05:33
  • Piper Rogue_L... 2012/05/29 21:15:56
    Ha! You thought maybe, that I would try to "relocate" fleas, ticks, and mosquitos? : )
  • Rogue_L... Piper 2012/05/29 21:31:17
  • 001 Piper 2012/05/29 21:22:38
    I do exactly the same. Only I also kill mosquitos that buzz around my ears.
  • Piper 001 2012/05/29 21:33:44
    If a mosquito is trying to bite me, or there is one in the house, I am a stone-cold killer, without remorse.
  • Vision of Verve 2012/05/27 17:15:55
  • Fran-Halen 2012/05/27 16:25:36
  • Missile 2012/05/27 15:35:21
    I can't intensionally kill anything.
  • Matt 2012/05/27 13:35:03
    Without remorse I can kill anything that threatens me or my property.

    I play badminton with carpenter bees on a regular basis, as they try to make Swiss cheese out of my back deck. Treated lumber offers no resistance to them.
    wood boring bee
  • Rogue_L... Matt 2012/05/29 18:22:20 (edited)
  • tredzwater 2012/05/27 12:52:10
    Depends on why I'm killing it.

    Nature is "red in tooth and claw". I'll do what I need to survive. If something edible is alive and my choice is only between it staying alive or myself staying alive, I pick me. That's the way the world has functioned since the first paramecium engulfed the first bacteria. Since I have to live in this world, I have no problem with that.

    I kill nothing for fun.
  • Sister Jean 2012/05/27 12:49:11
    Sister Jean
  • 001 Sister ... 2012/05/27 12:53:34
    iieh yes I used to think they weren't so bad, but then I discovered they can fly! Nasty buggers, they are.
  • DS in Oak Ridge NC 2012/05/27 12:41:18 (edited)
    DS in Oak Ridge NC
    I routinely target pesky bugs... spiders or flies - that get inside when doors are opened and shut. They don't seem to care for me in their natural environment, and I return the favor. Ordinarily, I let frogs and bats fight over them, but they miss quite a few every night.

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