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Old 12-31-2013, 10:04 PM
 
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I'm 21 years old, had to go to a picnic today. I got up to throw something in the garbage and at the garbage can noticed a horde of ants bustling around a little ant mound. I was bored so I lifted my foot over them and stamped it down. After flattening them and their little home under my shoe, I walked back to the blanket.

When I sat back down, I leaned over to check out all the crushed ants stuck to my foot. My friend and I sort of snickered because the ants I carried through the grass on the bottom of my feet were only half-crushed and squirming in the treads of my running shoe. Then out of nowhere some guy who I didn't know saw me and called me a "white bully" and "inhumane" because I step on ants. I told him to bend down and kiss my stinking feet. I know, not nice, heh.

I've been stepping on bugs my whole life. I know jains respect all life and believe that my actions are wrong. But how is that explained? I thought they believed in reincarnation but how does that work? Do they believe that bugs are reincarnated from people?

If I'm stepping on someone's uncle bob, is that really such a bad thing? I guess my thoughts would be eh, better luck next time. There was probably a reason he ended up as a tiny ant on the bottom of my shoe and that by contrast, I'm a giant.

Do you think stepping on bugs is wrong - why or why not?
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:10 PM
 
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No. They are bugs.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:53 PM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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Do you think stepping on bugs is wrong - why or why not?
Yes.

If done deliberately, very wrong.

They are living things. They have purpose and meaning, obviously beyond your ken. They, as all living things do, deserve respect.

That you show the opposite tells me everything I need to know about you.

You are worth much less than what you scraped off your shoes.

And Vizio's response does him...justice.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:56 PM
 
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You did not flatten their home just the entrance to it and that will be cleared away quickly.
An ants home is underground.
Do a search on google about ants.

By the way, nice first post.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Texas
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What is nasty is your snickering at their suffering.

That is seriously jacked up.
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:22 PM
 
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Yes.

If done deliberately, very wrong.

They are living things. They have purpose and meaning, obviously beyond your ken. They, as all living things do, deserve respect.

That you show the opposite tells me everything I need to know about you.

You are worth much less than what you scraped off your shoes.

And Vizio's response does him...justice.
But they are just bugs! They can't comprehend having any purpose or meaning.

Also, they don't matter enough to scrape them off my feet. Having some ants exoskeletons gunked up on one of my running shoes for a while won't kill me.
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:34 PM
 
Location: sumter
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they are pest, don't worry about it. I'm sure the guys who make their living killings bugs are not losing any sleep.
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:35 PM
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But they are just bugs! They can't comprehend having any purpose or meaning.

Also, they don't matter enough to scrape them off my feet. Having some ants exoskeletons gunked up on one of my running shoes for a while won't kill me.
If you can't marvel at an ant, you have no sense of wonder.

I'm sorry for you.

But I'm much sorrier for other living things which come in contact with you.
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:37 PM
 
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If I'm stepping on someone's uncle bob, is that really such a bad thing? I guess my thoughts would be eh, better luck next time. There was probably a reason he ended up as a tiny ant on the bottom of my shoe and that by contrast, I'm a giant.

Do you think stepping on bugs is wrong - why or why not?
Sounds like a story out of an old holy book, the superior being kills for their own amusement, or for no reason.
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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I smashed a lot of ant piles when I was a little kid but I grew up finally...................................if you read anything about me I think you'll find that it didn't have any affect on me in my later life.
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