Drinking Deeply

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 at 2:23 AM

Amusing, yet thought provoking

Stumbled upon this website. I think it's a joke, but hey, you never know.

Makes you think about all sorts of questions though.

1) Is anything wrong with killing plants?
2) How is that any different from killing animals?
3) How is that any different from killing people?
4) Let's go the other way, what about insects?
5) Bacteria?

A Christian worldview has an answer to this. Does a materialistic/atheistic worldview? What about other theistic ones? Pantheistic?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

we can't kill humans... nor animals... nor plants...
I think we should stop killing everything (RESPECT all that lives!!!) and hope that maybe by chance we'll evolve photosynthetic chlorophyll in our skin. hey, it's possible. plants did it. why can't we?  

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

While it's admirable to not want to kill things, it's impossible to carry out in real life. Micro-organisms die as easily as being breathed upon, and certain plants do eat other living organisms (Venus fly traps, for example)
That is not to say that we should take lives without consequences, but worrying over killing bacteria and insects is rather petty  

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Blogger mxu said...

why?

What makes one thing worth thinking about and another one not? Just size? Age? Maturity?  

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Anonymous theocentric522 said...

wait...i thought killing was part of the evolutionary process???... Don't we want the "fittest" to survive? Also there are plants and animals that kill people. Why should we make up moral rules that plants and animal kingdom don't follow themselves? Just a thought. =P  

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

@mxu:
Ask that to yourself. If you had the choice of saving only one thing, a human being or a micro-organism, which one would you save?
As I was saying: jessica obviously stepped into the fallacy of overgeneralization. Not wanting to kill ALL living things is admirable, but impossible as well, since micro-organisms are living and yet there's no way to prevent humans from killing them.
Look, you just killed millions of bacteria by sneezing. Shame on you.  

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Blogger mxu said...

Well, my answer as a Christian is that humans are made in the image of God and thus the taking of a human life unjustly will be punished by a just and righteous God. There is no such command with bacteria, plants, or animals.

For someone who rejects Christian Theism, do they have an answer?

Why not shrug our shoulders when a human is killed just like when a bacteria is killed? Why should one get punished and the other not? I have an answer, do you?  

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Anonymous Twinge said...

This seems an odd thing to be religiously agressive with, hehe. Not killing ourselves can just as easily be justified from a societal standpoint (among others) as a religious one.

Anyway, one can also look at it from a biological standpoint. Higher level creatures (humans, cats, etc.) are more complex, can fear things, can feel pain, etc. Lower level creatures (insects, microbes, etc.) often don't have any concept of fear or pain whatsoever.

An article I saw a few months back on someone's Xanga kind of relates to this... ah, there it is - http://www.grandin.com/welfare/animals.are.not.things.html  

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