The fact that already simply because one is breathing, millions of other beings die, does not automatically imply that the only solution is to not breathe. Or not drive, or not dig over the garden, or not eat, or whichever.Mkoll wrote:As someone who drives, I know that bugs are smashing into my car and dying and I'm squishing them under my tires. So should I stop driving? As someone who walks, I know that I'm crushing bugs underfoot. Should I stop walking? I know that in bathing myself, I'm killing countless microbes and washing them down the drain. Should I stop bathing? I know that in drinking water, I'm either drinking microbes and killing them in my stomach acid or they've been killed already via water purification. Should I stop drinking water?binocular wrote:As a cat owner, I know full well that animals had to be killed in order to make food for our cat.
What does it matter if I don't know which cow or pig or fish exactly was killed, parts of which our cat now eats? I know that some had to be killed.
And because I continue to buy meat and cat food, I am, given the principle of supply and demand, furthering the meat industry.
I can't say I am innocent in the killing of animals. I am basically simply paying other people to do it.
The fact of life is that beings are harmed and killed constantly. The Wheel of Life can just as aptly be called the Wheel of Death. We've got to draw the line somewhere. The Buddha drew it at intention because that is how kamma is created.
Are you trying to construe innocence, by subsequently re-defining the principles by which guilt is constituted?
If you have any hand in the killing of others, you are guilty of killing. The degree of guilt varies, however. (The Law acknowledges this, hence there are different categories of homicide.)
Some people will go through a lot of mental and moral gymnastics in an effort to construe innonce. This effort, however, only proves their guilt.