Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Posted July 22, 2012

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Thou Shalt Not Kill

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I believe that interpreting it such an unqualified way is most noble. However, such a strict interpretation could lead to destructive behaviors such as breatharianism or fruit-only diets, since thou shalt not kill must apply to not only animals (human and non-human) but to plants, micro-organisms, fungi, etc. And of course, it extends beyond the realm of diet and into the rest of our activities and ultimately leads to primitivism, or rejecting civilization in all of its forms. Yet there are no wild places for man to go and live in a more natural and peaceable state. And accepting the commandment but not the conclusion leads to nihilism.

As a rule of conduct, "thou shalt not wantonly kill or harm" can be applied without making primitivism or nihilism necessary.

Of course, then we must decide what is wanton and what is not.


I agree with you, Ryan, that taking it to the extreme is impractical. The point I was trying to make is basically that, in my opinion, people who go to churches, temples, mosques, etc on Sunday and then support, in some way, violence, killing and wars the rest of the week should perhaps accept the fact that they are not supporting God's agenda. God's will is not, in my opinion, that we engage in the torturing and killing of any of his children, regardless of the provocation. When we kill others, for whatever reason, we diminish ourselves and we impede our soul's progression towards God, Light and Love, which is the only real purpose we have for being here on the planet.


If taking it "to the extreme" is impractical, then it needs qualification. People who accept it as a guiding moral principle, however, then qualify it in the way that best suits them. "Thou shalt not kill" becomes "thou shalt not kill humans," or "thou shalt not kill Godly men (and women)," etc. And then, it says nothing about harm.

The principle of Ahimsa is better stated: non-harm. It is applied to the greatest extent possible. One is to strive to do no harm to other beings, human or non-human. This means not only refraining from harming humans and animals, as much as one is able to do so, but also not wantonly harming plant life either. Only when necessary and unavaoidable. It means living conciously, keeping other beings in mind.


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