For an all-expense-paid, one-week vacation anywhere in the world, would you be willing to kill a beautiful butterfly by pulling off its wings? What about stepping on a cockroach?
Absolutely. They’re bugs. I know, I know… sanctity of life and all that. But I find it odd that a lot of people who like to talk about the sanctity of life when fussing at a kid for messing with a butterfly are the same ones who scream for someone to come kill that spider that’s about to crawl under the dresser. You know you hate a cockroach. You know you think they’re disgusting and you’d kill one in a second if you saw one in your kitchen. Actually, that’s an interesting question. Is there anyone out there who has scooped up a roach in a cup to safely release it outside? I’m genuinely curious. Let me know that one in the comments. Anyway, to me, a butterfly is no different than a roach. It’s just another insect, but with a fresh coat of paint.
What about you? Would you kill the butterfly? The roach? Or would you save a roach and release it into the wild? (I’m seriously very curious about that one.)
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.