Why do we human reserve the right to kill?
That simple question was asked by Babe in the film Babe: Pig in the City just before a pack of dogs were about to tear him apart for existing.
There have been reasons given for killing throughout the history of mankind since the beginning of the written word.
Some are based in culture. Villages and towns throughout India in the past would select a boy and girl each year to kill. They would throw a great party. At the end of the day they would have the children lay in a hole and a large stone would be dropped upon them crushing them to death. All in the hopes of keeping famine away from their doors.
You see all plant based cultures created a myth, stories, about the magical powers they witnessed in the cycle of plants. You take a seed that looks dead. You then put it into the ground and some days later there is life again.
The NRA, National Rifle Association, wants us to be afraid of life that we don’t control.
In their recent ad which can be seen at Bill Moyers web site, writer, activist, human, the NRA calls for taking up arms against those they disagree with.
Again. Why do we reserve the right to kill those who we do not agree with?
Christianity bases it belief upon the stolen and retooled word of the Jewish faith. The Old Testament admonition of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth if anyone does you wrong you can maim or kill them for being unbelievers.
Saint Augustine in the Catholic faith defended God by explaining a list of explicit reasoning why there is such a thing as a Good War. Good killing in the name of God. If there are two or more reasons for someone to be put to death for their offense, in the eyes of the righteous, than it must be carried out to stay in the grace of God.
One or less offense, you can let that pass.
At the heart of all human misery and evil that we do to each other, is fear.
Fear of the stranger. Fear of the unknown. Fear of authority. Fear of our own death.
Magical thinking allows for murder. It allows you to ignore the plight of others. It allows you to sleep in the knowledge of your own certainty that you are right and they are wrong.
It keeps you from seeing others as they would see you.