'Life is far too short to spend it paranoid or without compassion for others. being angry and low and afraid all the time is not helpful or good for us. I agree completely with the Shinto saying, apart from "your best" is always changing. Doing the right thing based on honour and duty (of care) is less changeable. ' --Wavey Dave
True. The thing about that saying, is that "Your Best" is pretty general, and is different for everyone. Another great quote is when Albert Einstein said, "Avoid negative people. They have a problem for every solution.".
On hunters; I like Comedian Ron White's view, that killing an elk with a high-powered rifle from a half-mile away is no great feat. "Next time", he says, "Just put little headlights on the bullet, and the deer will jump out in front of it.". Killing anything as a "sport" is somehow the product of a twisted mind.
That is an interesting position.
My fondest memories of my youth are those of fishing with my dad. We killed and ate every fish we caught, and when we had our limit, fishing was done. My father was not a catch and release guy, he thought it immoral to torment the fish. If you catch it, you kill it and you eat it ... the natural order. The waste was composted for the garden. It was sport and it was done for enjoyment. We could have bought fish at the market, ultimately killed in a far less humane fashion than we killed ours, so I'm unclear as to the disconnect.
Kill an elk from 100, 200 or 300 yards out. If it's a clean kill, I assure you that elk had a more humane ending than the cow that gave it's life for that burger you'd enjoy ... just sayin'. I've been to several killing floors, for beef, pork and chicken. As a one time hunter and fisherman, I was surprised. Yet we still enjoy the pork chop dinner, don't we?
Killing as a sport, if one utilizes the carcass, is, in my opinion, as humane to wildlife as anything we do as carnivores. Whether for sport or for necessity, animals die so that we can eat ... that is a fact in this world, and is the natural order of things. No regrets on this side.
For all of the vegans out there, kudos to you, but, I am a confirmed carnivore. I was born one, and will die one, prematurely or otherwise ... and I'm okay with that too.
I think this discussion went a bit off the rails with the last 2 posts, so I do apologize for that.