What Is The Difference Between Killing A Bull Or A Mosquito?
A priori, the question may even seem a bit stupid, although for the bull and the mosquito it is a question, literally, of life or death.
If we analyze it more carefully, however, and with critical thinking, we can discover that this question leads us to a much deeper and not fully discussed place.
That deeper place is the one that has to do with the intentions behind our actions, i.e., a higher purpose.
What is the intention behind the act of killing a bull or a mosquito?
From the point of view of the mosquito, that may seem superficial but it is not since many more people die every day from mosquito bites than from all bull horns or shark bites combined, it could be argued that it is a matter of survival, yes, survival of the fittest.
From the point of view of the bull, it would also be a matter of survival but, in addition, it would be necessary to ask ourselves why or for what purpose was the bull raised to begin with?
Like everything alive, regardless of the reason for its upbringing, sooner or later, all living things have to die, i.e., transform themselves, since, according to the 1st law of thermodynamics, nothing is created nor destroyed, only transformed.
In the end, the survival of the fittest would seem to be the fundamental reason for the existence of all species and the entire universe. But this would be an extremely narrow-minded and shallow perspective.
Nowadays, it is no longer merely a matter or physical, economic, or mental aptitude but, above all, it is a matter of ethical, moral, and spiritual aptitude.
Here is the big difference between killing a 500-plus-Kg. bull or a tiny mosquito from a purely mundane point of view: None!
However, from a philosophical perspective, or an ethical, moral, and spiritual point of view, the difference between killing a bull or a mosquito is based on the intention behind this act and the moral authority of the person doing the killing.
The present and immediate future of humanity must be governed by those fittest in terms of ethics, morals, and spiritual fitness, namely, the most morally fit!
The survival of the fittest must no longer be a matter of brute force, mental, or economic power.
It must be a matter of being able to transcend the vain, the bane, and the mundane. The human clumsiness, short-sightedness, and corrupt nature.
Transcending, therefore, time and space, thus becoming more divine.
Just a glimpse at the moral authority of the so called “Son of the Carpenter” who, by the way, didn’t even have a profession, hence his being referred to as the son of the carpenter Joseph, his putative father, provides us with infinite and marvellous possibilities. Though he was just known as the son of the carpenter, he was also called “Master” by his disciples and even “King of the jews” by others, yet he had no kingdom, and more than two thousand years later, his moral authority remains as immaculate as ever, despite the corrupt nature of his followers or, perhaps, precisely because of it.
In a world that enjoys unprecedented levels of wealth, health, and technological advances, how can it be that we are still witnessing on a daily basis unspeakable crimes and pervasive corruption even within institutions that are supposed to do good?
Isn’t it about time we humans take more seriously the calling of the Son of the carpenter and the power of his moral authority to leave behind our corrupt nature and start developing our own moral authority and divine nature?
JC Wandemberg Ph.D.
About the author: Dr. Wandemberg is the Dean of Woxsen School of Arts & Design and an international consultant, professor, and analyst of economic, environmental, social, managerial, marketing, and political issues. For the past 25 + years Dr. Wandemberg has collaborated with corporations, communities, and organizations to integrate sustainability through self-transformation processes and Open Systems Design Principles, thus, catalyzing a Culture of Trust, Transparency, and Integrity.
Note: The comments presented here are the full responsibility of the author and do not necessarily represent the view of Sustainable Systems International or Woxsen School of Arts & Design.