posted on Sep, 11 2011 @ 11:48 AM
So this begs the question (at least for me), why do some inherently feel guilt when they've taken a life albeit for food or otherwise and others do
not. Guilt (in this case) is a product of the Nature vs. Nurture debate imo. Here's a personal story I am not sure why I am going to share but here it
I was maybe 12, and had just recently performed the frog dissection that schools commonly performed in Biology class, I believe it was 7th grade
Physical Science to be exact. Well I was intrigued by the inter workings of frog anatomy so I decided to perform my own...live dissection (on a whim
after spotting a nice sized toad)
So I captured the toad, cut off all it's extremities as to prevent it's escape. I placed it face up on a piece of board and made an incision as
previously learned in the aforementioned class as to expose all it's organs, mind you the frog is still very much alive at this point. The tissue was
pinned to the side. I'll also add that at this point I had no regard for any pain that the frog may be experiencing as it was not exhibiting any
relevant signs of pain. I believe this may be why it wasn't a concern at this point. I was seemingly intoxicated with the intrigue of seeing all the
organs function in real (live) time I presume.
So I commenced to repeating what had occurred in the class. The first organ we removed from the fermented frog was the heart, so I did. At that exact
moment I made eye contact with the frog and it began to convulse, writhe, and arch in what I could only imagine had to be the most extreme pain as
it's life trickled away. I was immediately overwhelmed with such an intense amount of guilt and remorse that of which hit at the very fiber of my
conscience. So I stood and up and squashed it with my foot as hard as I could to put it out of it's misery.
To this day, I feel remorse for taking the life of that frog and have been unable to even kill a bug that has wondered into my abode. I simply scoop
it into a glass and let it go outside.
All in how one chooses to perceive life. To some, life forms can be classified higher or lower than others imo.
edit on 9/11/2011 by UberL33t