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Bound To Kill

Updated on December 20, 2013

I have spent most of my last month, or even longer in the forest; in different forests but that does not matter much. I like spending time in the forest with the standing people (trees): it gives me more time to think, uninterrupted. The city is not that good for clear thinking, hence I always like to take time-off in the forest.

As I was setting-up my tent one day, I noticed it had landed on top of a little cedar tree. I was not happy. Cedar is a sacred medicine for me, as it is also for probably all the people of the First Nations in North America. So, the tent had to move. I looked around and I finally found a spot with dead leaves and some grass.

I apologized to the patches of grass for having to place my tent on top of them and wished that I would not kill them by sleeping there for a few nights. Then, I remembered many years ago, when I was also setting-up my tent on the top of a little mountain and a small green snake ran away from underneath.

“How many little critters am I also killing with my tent now?” The question stayed with me. And the next day sitting down on the grass, I realized I was near an ant hill and I had blocked their traffic and perhaps sat on a few as well. Thoughts started racing through my mind again:

“I am so big compared to all the critters and whatever I do, I seem to keep killing them: either them, or plants … or something. Can I stop killing things?”

At this point I think I am of the opinion that whatever I do, I am bound to kill. Even if I turned vegetarian and sat on a piece of concrete for the rest of my life, I would still have to eat something, once in a blue moon. And even plants have life. Beans, tomatoes, corn … they all have life … Maybe if I just scavenged around … In that case perhaps, I might get away from killing things.

I saw a wasp nest being formed around the top corner of the window of my bedroom today. I thought about smoking them out for a second … yes, just a second and then, I smiled and wished them well. They were busy working on building their home and I had no serious intention of disturbing them.

I am not happy when I have to make a kill but I do think it is necessary sometimes and as the saying goes: “I can not only see things as true but I can also see them as necessary.” The wasps may eventually have to go if for example someone around is allergic to their sting (i.e. neighbors).

Questions …

Note: My photos, British Columbia, Canada, 2011 - Did anyone notice the black bear in the second photo? True, it is only a little black patch in the middle of the second photograph - nose and years can be somewhat seen, to the right of the evergreen tree - clicking on the photograph enlarges it and it is a little easier to see... It took off quite fast when I approached him/her. I had no chance for another photograph ...


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    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Haha, what a great comment since I do try to "Be fluid like Water" (Bruce Lee quote). never thought about the "guilt" complex though. I try to focus on Intent and the Intent is to be as accommodating as possible to those around me.

      Many thanks for the visit and comment.


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      Xavier Nathan 

      6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Does the ocean feel guilt when it wipes out hundreds of people with a tsunami? Be like water my friend! ;)

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You as well Mr. Aravind, for a most insightful comment. I am slowly beginning to somewhat understand some things about the Spiritual beliefs and thoughts from the East. Healing for me comes from the East, from the great God Apollo and from the Eagle Spirit. I pray towards the East often! The East hold great Power and knowledge. I am heading East. : )

      It is a pleasure to learn from You! Thank You.

      All the best and thank You for stopping-by! : )

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Mrs. DDE, thank You for your kind words. I also appreciate You taking the time to read and comment. Cheers!

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      Aravind Balasubramanya 

      8 years ago from Puttaparthi, India

      You know Mr.Happy, seeing those photos I longed to traverse those forests too!


      the most wonderful thing is that as one reads this hub, one feels so happy and peaceful.

      The Vedas describe God as having multiple heads, eyes, ears and limbs. That has led to many depictions of Hindu Gods with multiple limbs. My master, the man in orange, taught me that when the Vedas declared so, they did it to imply that all the limbs, heads and sense organs you see around belong to God - all beings are divine.

      Thank you for bringing that out so wonderfully!

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      Devika Primić 

      8 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Extraordinary write up on such a life of nature, most interesting thanks

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You so much for your comment Mr. Diogenes.

      I just looked at the little wasp nest outside my window early this morning and they were again busy working away. I don't have the heart to disturb them in any way (for no good reason). I have a balcony next to that window and I sat there having a coffee, earlier today. Not one wasp bothered me. I enjoy the relationship of mutual respect with them! : )

      I wish You have a wonderful day!


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      8 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Lovely article. I have a paper wasp nest above my kitchen winow (outside) the wasps glide softly around my flat, peering there, peering here for love or nutrition, I know not which. The ocassionally give me a kiss with their busy wings and never make any attempt to sting.

      Man has turned the whole of nature into an enemy, there can only be one eventual result from that.



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