Dustin LindenSmith

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extremely extreme non-violence

With all due respect to the Jain tradition* and to other extreme forms of ahimsa, I have to say that some people ask the most stupid interesting questions. If you read this post in buddhists, you'll see what a firestorm of commentary the following question raised.
There are mosquitos in my bedroom. I have lived with them for weeks now, because I do not wish to cause them any harm. However, I am begin to suffer for this policy. I have 5 bits on my hand, 4 on my arm, 1 on my leg. It's getting to be a bit much. Does anyone have any ideas as to how to compassionately deal with a mosquito problem? I don't think we can go on this way indefinitely.
I mean, come on. Just kill the goddamned mosquitos already. Or swipe on some DEET. Yeesh.

* I remember seeing many Jains while traveling through India who wore cloths over their mouths to avoid the mere possibility of accidentally swallowing an insect and causing it undue harm.

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savia November 2nd, 2005
I would suggest this person use a mosquito deterrent. There's these devices that plug into the wall and emit a kind of very high (or very low) frequency electronic sound or pulse that apparently keeps mosquitoes away.

seekerofsages November 2nd, 2005
reincarnation helps one to be more pragmatic.....
give 'em three chances to leave,
then quickly smash 'em....
..saying with extreme empathy and optimism-
"Next life!"
There is (as far as I know) no action that does not cause harm...

seekerofsages November 2nd, 2005
oh yeah-my husband just reminded me-
-this was the Dali Lama's answer to said mosquito problem when asked during an interview!

grammardog November 2nd, 2005

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