posted on Jul, 17 2006 @ 03:39 PM
If you are wanting to go into specifics, I'd say it's all to do with intent, action and knowledge.
If I placed poisoned tacks in the path of someone, they walk over them and die, I'd be a killer. I had the intent, the action and the knowledge.
If I place poisoned tacks in the supposed path of someone, but then they do not take that path that day, does that make me a murderer? I'd say no.
The intent was there, but the action and/or knowledge was not. Fate has decided for that day that I'm not a killer. I have another chance at being a
killer or not.
If I dumped my garbage out the window onto a place where I know that people pass regularly and the bag had some sharp objects in it, and someone did
pass over it, and died, I'd say yes, I'd be a killer. I may not have had the intent, but I did the action, and I had the knowledge.
If I dumped my garbage out the window into some secluded alley corner that had never before been used and it had some sharp objects that someone
stepped on, I might not be a killer (the intent was not there, the knowledge was not, but the action was), but my carelesness would make me something
If I dumped my garbage in a dumpster, and it had some sharp objects I had closed in a container in the garbage bag, and then someone came searching
the bag, and opened it, and then someone came and slept on it, I did not have the intent, knowledge, or action, and I wouldn't consider myself a
As for your last point, it might be selfish, but I'd say that only with humans it would be killing.
[edit on 17-7-2006 by babloyi]