Killing must endRecently I went to onsen ryokan with my wife and her friend. When walking back to the inn from the spa, she was startled by a rather big spider on the roof.
She cried, "Oh I can't go!". And she requested that the spider will be removed. Although I thought the spider was unusually big, I know very well spiders are mostly harmless in Japan, and they do a good job of "removing" cockroaches and mukade.
A certain Japanese man walked past us and said, "hey, it's no problem, don't worry about it". I think he had a point. And I really wanted to go back to my room. But she requested for termination of this beautiful creature. We silently observed when the spider was slain by the cleaning woman in the inn.
There went the good luck of the spa, I guess.
I realize after I moved to live in Japan, I have started to respect the various insects, and I just can't possibly imagine killing them, except the poisonous mukade, a Japanese species of a centipede. Japan is after all a rich land of various fantastic species, for example akatombo, the red dragonfly or hotaru, firefly. We humans must appreciate the beauty of the nature.
As buddhists say, killing is wrong and will lead into a bad thoughts. If we kill flies or insects just for our fun, we will end up killing bigger things more easily too. This process of killing will never end if we stop feel sympathy for even tiniest creatures. As the world situation is worsening every days I think we humans should be more conscious of this. Choose not to slay.
Sometimes of course, we cannot avoid killing. For example a cockroach, because they can spread diseases to food. Or leeches on Japanese mountain forests.
Thus I admit it, I kill too. But at least I make a habit of saying "sorry" when I kill to appreciate the nature.
I wish we humans could learn to respect nature more and stop killing. We should be more humble in front of the nature.