Annabel wrote:Children are curious. So sometimes they cut a rainworm into pieces or torture animals and don't know what they are doing.
That's why our laws give them a time frame in which their actions have no legal consequences.
But I guess it's a different story with kamma.
Annabel wrote:Yes. Thank you.
What would happen if a relatively small child kills a small animal out of curiosity to see how "dying goes". But it has no idea what death means for the animal...nor, that killing critters is wrong. Parents do it all the time.
Intention (cetana), I tell you, is kamma. Intending, one does kamma by way of body, speech, & intellect. - AN 6.63.5
Jechbi wrote:I bet that child would grow up and think about it later in life. When I was 14 I was forced to dissect a live frog in science class. The teacher convinced us that the frogs had been "pithed" and thus could feel no pain, but I remember the frogs seeming to wince in reaction to the scalpal piercing the belly. I killed that frog, but not before I saw its beating heart. I think about it sometimes.
clw_uk wrote:Your right not all intentions are the same.
There is unwholesome intention motivated by greed, hatred and delusion
There is wholesome intention motivated by non-greed, non-hatred and non-delusion
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