Kevin had earlier posted that my views may cause me to be reborn in the hell realm. He did subsequently soften this post. I wanted to respond that as long as beer is served in hell, I will survive.
I'm writing again now that wiser voices have weighed in , to suggest to Kevin that his tone is somewhat strident and 'black and white.' It can be good to be resolute about certain issues ( ie environmental negligence is harming the planet), but a lot of what we encounter in life arises in some very grey areas. I mentioned earlier the Middle Way, the idea that extremes (self-mortification vs sensuality) do not lead us to insight and release. My hope for myself, and for you, Kevin, is that we can cultivate our understanding along this path, learn from the kalayana mitta
here, and strive to gain release from the stress and suffering that these attachments bring us. In other words, try not to be too hard on others, and in turn, yourself.
So, if I do end up in a lower realm for killing ticks, I will meet you there, and I'll buy the first pint.