People's lives would be very different without the benefits provided by insects, and it is unlikely that we could survive on earth without them. Our crops and homes would be overrun by pest insects and weeds. We would not have fruits, vegetables, and plants that depend on insect pollination. There would be no honey, silk, and other useful products made by insects. Dead trees and animals as well as animal droppings would cover the ground
I bow out of this thread because you are showing great disrespect for life and I do not enjoy being around people who do this, even on the internet.
Originally posted by SteveR
I don't think you understand ecology.
Originally posted by QMask
Yes, I am an Insect Killer!
I believe there is a war going on between insects and people. This is the real war. It is a war for survival. If we don't defend ourselves, insects will destroy our food crops, and we will not have enough to eat.
Insects can also carry diseases. Just think of mosquitoes and flies.
So, when they come into my house, or into my office:
I kill mosquitoes.
I kill flies.
I kill moths.
I kill beatles.
I kill ants.
I kill crickets and grasshoppers.
I don't kill butterflies and ladybirds.
I don't kill bees, because we need them to pollinate our food crops, and other plants.
I would never kill a praying mantis, because they kill other insects.
I kill spiders, because they are just creepy, and I am afraid of them.
I find many insects to be creepy as well, and therefore they have to die.
So, this is my philosophy regarding insects.
Am I wrong?
Am I a monster?
Am I incurring a lot of bad Karma?
The strange thing is, I do believe in Karma. Seventeen months ago, I stopped eating animal products, because I believe it is wrong that an animal must die, just so that I can eat. (Seventeen months ago, I basically turned my diet into a vegan vegetarian diet. That means: no meat, no cows milk, no cheese, and no eggs. I just eat: fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains.)
I believe I am incurring good Karma for not eating animal products like meat etc.
But maybe I am incurring bad Karma for killing insects?
So, this has turned into an internal struggle for me.
And that is why I come here to ask your opinion.
Is my philosophy wrong?
How do you deal with these issues?
What is your philosophy?