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.
Some of the factors that must be present for the kamma of killing to arise is:
- there must be knowledge of a living being,
- there must be the intention to deprive that living being of life.
I think it is possible that a child could cut a rainworm in half without either of those two factors being present. If that were the case, then there would be no killing-kamma from that act.
Unlike the legal system, this isn't based on an arbitrarily picked age, but rather it is based on the mental factors present in the person when they commit the act. So I guess that makes it more fair than the legal system?