On Killing and War, Kindness and Compassion January 3, 2006Posted by Yvonne in Distinctions, Word in Action.
Regarding a question put to me by email today:
“Will the world be kinder and more compassionate place if we stop participating in killing animals and going to war? What do you think?”
My reply: “I think that if we first, be kinder and more compassionate, then the killing and war may subside – but I don’t think it will stop altogether for quite awhile. There’s too much of the power of economics in it. And certainly if we stop ingesting flesh, our constitution, brain chemistry and therefore psychology will shift — to what extent and with what resulting impact on behavior will vary with the individual.
But let’s think about it from a couple other angles.
Seems like you’ve got “kind and compassionate” opposed to “killing and war”. Apparently in this conversation, killing still does mean something, and that something is what is not wanted … but check it out: perhaps it ain’t necessarily so. Could it be possible to kill and go to war on purpose, with kindness and compassion — samurai style and with honor? Can you imagine a situation where killing would be compassionate and war would be kind?
So far, humans kill; that’s part of being human at the level we’ve come to. If you only knew how close you, yourself are to the edge of murder, it would likely make you shudder. Perhaps that might be useful to explore and get used to. Only when we can consciously choose to kill and go to war, can we consciously choose to not kill and go to war. Otherwise, it’s all “IT” in action, dueling identities on runaway automatic.
P.S. I’m a vegetarian for 18 years, and I wore my full length fur coat the other day because it was really cold out, and plus it matched my outfit.