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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
LOL-
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
Unbearable.

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