appicchato wrote:I would agree with Dan...if a living being can be helped, help...not just 'stand by...'
ps. I believe in this case it's a terrarium...not aquarium...
I have a distinctive feeling that one can directly "help" other, non-human sentient beings; mainly birds and mammals. Not by words, but simply by exemplary conduct: conditioning them to skillful habit patterns like calmness
aumbrock wrote:the intention with which we interact with all beings - even in the smaller ways - ripples out into greater effects through time, especially when you apply that ripple theory to how our intentions change through our interactions. That is why I feel nothing should be left out in noticing how and why we relate to others sharing this system of life.
aumbrock wrote:Does taking a sentient being, insect or otherwise, away from otherwise hostile conditions (in nature, or in this case already in captivity) and giving them optimal conditions ultimately help them ...
aumbrock wrote:So my question is this: Does taking a sentient being, insect or otherwise, away from otherwise hostile conditions (in nature, or in this case already in captivity) and giving them optimal conditions ultimately help them towards obtaining rebirth as a higher form?
aumbrock wrote:My guess is that in this case, it would- but if I were to take a sentient being from a harmful situation in nature away from that harm and give it optimal causes and conditions for happiness, is that really a good thing or should nature "run its course?" Can we, as conscious beings, really intervene and assist other less-conscious beings on their path? Or do beings need to suffer at the hand of nature to evolve in consciousness? Thanks for your input!
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