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Author Topic: Somewhat odd philosophical question: Is it right to kill a bug?  (Read 5807 times)

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Re: Somewhat odd philosophical question: Is it right to kill a bug?
« Reply #45 on: January 06, 2014, 01:49:27 pm »
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Re: Somewhat odd philosophical question: Is it right to kill a bug?
« Reply #46 on: February 20, 2014, 11:27:08 am »
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An odd thought popped into my mind yesterday.
Assuming (as i do) that every living thing has a soul and can feel and to some extent think, is it right to kill a bug if it is not posing any threat? For example if someone sees a perfectly harmless house spider on their wall and instantly splats it - are they encroaching on that spiders right to live?
I can understand that if someone was to encounter a poisonous insect of some kind they have every right to kill it - self defense. But if that insect is completely harmless and innocent do we really have the right to take away it's life?

 
Uhm, my house has a seasonal spider infestation and while I was watching Doctor Who, a huge brown guy crawled across my forehead. The day before, I'd scrubbed the house freaking SPARKLING. Therefore it appeared out of nowhere. Needless to say, it died and I had to leave the house for the day because I was too paranoid to stay.
So all spiders and the creepies in my house die. (I even have ones that keep crawling after you spray them and hit 'em with a boot, so you have to flush them). If they're outside they're fine, cuz they aren't invading my space.
Also there're moths that eat my yarn. They don't get to live, either.
Thankfully the cats mostly devour them so I don't have to deal with it.

If they're easily identifiable as harmless, however, then I usually just take them outside.
And there was that silkworm moth that I nursed back to health. Sort of. But that's another story and this post is getting way too long.
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Re: Somewhat odd philosophical question: Is it right to kill a bug?
« Reply #47 on: February 20, 2014, 04:30:06 pm »
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Uhm, my house has a seasonal spider infestation and while I was watching Doctor Who, a huge brown guy crawled across my forehead.

 
Thank you for providing a theme for my nightmares.

Spiders in the house die automatically.  I have an intense (if irrational) fear of them.  Spiders outside the house I just run away from, usually screaming.

We have a bit of a meal moth infestation that we have been dealing with.  They die because there is simply no way to catch them all and release them before they reproduce, lay eggs, and produce worms in all my grains.

In a previous home I had a ton of those giant miller moths getting into my house.  I had been catching and releasing them, but one night around 2 am I woke up to the sounds of them banging all around my walls and window blinds.  I pretty much lost my mind and went on a killing rampage.

Everything else I'm pro catch and release.

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Re: Somewhat odd philosophical question: Is it right to kill a bug?
« Reply #48 on: February 21, 2014, 06:02:32 am »
Quote from: Moonstone;120309
An odd thought popped into my mind yesterday.
Assuming (as i do) that every living thing has a soul and can feel and to some extent think, is it right to kill a bug if it is not posing any threat? For example if someone sees a perfectly harmless house spider on their wall and instantly splats it - are they encroaching on that spiders right to live?
I can understand that if someone was to encounter a poisonous insect of some kind they have every right to kill it - self defense. But if that insect is completely harmless and innocent do we really have the right to take away it's life?

 
To be perfectly serious, there are different degrees of "wrong" in life. Killing a bug because it freaks me out is something I consider "wrong" but more on the level of a very minor lapse in judgment - not even a moral failure. If I have an infestation of bugs of some kind, I'm going to kill them, even if they're not harmful. Ants are a good example. Sure, the little tiny pisants aren't dangerous, but they're a nuisance, and I don't feel at all guilty setting out plates of salt or ant bait for them.

Spiders sometimes get a reprieve, provided they spin their webs in a corner and STAY THERE.

Then there's palmetto bugs. Big, ugly palmetto bugs. They look like roaches, but are four times that size and twice as ugly. No, not dangerous or even really a nuisance, because they come in from outside when the weather starts getting cold. BUT IMA SMASH YOU IF I SEE YOU.
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Re: Somewhat odd philosophical question: Is it right to kill a bug?
« Reply #49 on: February 23, 2014, 06:33:41 pm »
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Uhm, my house has a seasonal spider infestation and while I was watching Doctor Who, a huge brown guy crawled across my forehead.

 
Spiders drop on me too! One of my bosses called me "Little Miss Muffat" because Spiders were always seen around me. I'm not as scared of them as I was, but I live in black widow country so yeah I have a healthy fear. My two cats are awesome spider killers, one ever got a big scorpion when she was only a kitten. The only time I ever saw a scorpion in the house and it was in my son's room.

I was attacked by a centipede in the shower once. It tried to land on my head. Fay Wray would've been proud of my screams that day.

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