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Found this elsewhere [Nov. 8th, 2006|07:02 pm]
Asian Religions and Philosophy


There's an interesting question over in ask_me_anything bygrandwazooo that I'll copy here.

My responses (mainly Buddhist perspective) are in the original post.

What do you all think?

Original Post:

Reincarnation and Killing Ants. [09 Nov 2006|12:29am]

How do religions that subscribe to the idea that you will be
reincarnated after death come to the conclusion that you shouldn't
step on ants?

as I understand it, if you live life as a good person (dog, monkey,
amoeba..etc) you advance up the ladder and get to try more and more
advnaced forms of life until you attain enlightenment - or something.

if this is right, then surely stepping on ants (and kiling "lesser"
life forms in general) simply gives the ant a leg up to the next level
and would therefore be doing them a favour. - however this doesnt seem
to be the case but I cant work out why.

by what logic is killing ants bad karma?

[User Picture]From: conomo
2006-11-09 05:41 pm (UTC)
Would it be bad karma to kill a human who had attained enlightenment in this lifetime? What if the said ant(s) had not fulfilled their earthly duties in order to achieve the next order of existence? Without knowing the path of enlightenment for an ant, you may be dooming said ant to repeat its life as an ant until it completes the tunnel or carries enough food or provides enough offspring for the colony to survive...

Totally not a religious answer, but you asked for logic ;-)
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