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More on Death With Dignity: Whose Death? What Dignity?
Your child says to you “Mommy! Look! A dead bug! Can I step on it and watch its insides squish out?” What would you say in response? “Don’t do it.. it’s messy!” Or would there be something you would say that would be more educational and perhaps more philosophical? Would it be “All animal creatures are precious and demand respect both alive and dead?” But your observant child might respond “But Mommy, why are you always swatting live flies in the kitchen?” or “why don’t we bury the ants that you kill with the spray?” The issue I want to see discussed on this thread is how should
we, how do
we educate our children regarding the role of animal creatures in our life and how should we behave in presence of these animal creatures, either dead or alive. Are there some animal creatures that just don’t deserve respect, dead or alive, and no respect or dignity need be given to them dead or alive and should this be the message we send to our children? And does this response send any broader ethical message to our children? ..Maurice.
ADDENDUM: Photograph of a dead bug was taken by me during a walk in Towsley Canyon, Santa Clarita, CA on 9-26-2007. No, I didn't step on it!