tiltbillings wrote:where does the Buddha say that a wasp life has more value than a human life?
1. First of all I have myself stepped over wasp nets twice in my childhood and teenage, I got stung by many insects at the same time. Apparently, I didn't die.
Not dying is good, but having had a toxic reaction to a hornet sting, my bloodpressure bottoming out until paramedics arrived, I can sayting not dying from stings is a good thing.
2. Even if they were that dangerous, the focus as always is on performing only wholesome deeds, whatever that entails.
But often one's actions also have an impact on others. Choices are always at hand to be made.
Keep in mind:
"Monks, even if bandits were to carve you up savagely, limb by limb, with a two-handled saw, he among you who let his heart get angered even at that would not be doing my bidding. Even then you should train yourselves: 'Our minds will be unaffected and we will say no evil words. We will remain sympathetic, with a mind of good will, and with no inner hate. We will keep pervading these people with an awareness imbued with good will and, beginning with them, we will keep pervading the all-encompassing world with an awareness imbued with good will — abundant, expansive, immeasurable, free from hostility, free from ill will.' That's how you should train yourselves.http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
Of course, but your life may not be the only one at stake here. Nothing easy about any of this.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.
There is freedom from birth, freedom from becoming, freedom from making, freedom from conditioning. If there were not this freedom from birth, freedom from becoming, freedom from making, freedom from conditioning, then escape from that which is birth, becoming, making, conditioning, would not be known here. -- Ud 80
Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.
dheamhan a fhios agam
Damned if I know.