Question of the Week #25

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?

QuestionAbsolutely. 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.


One thought on “Question of the Week #25

  1. I actually have scooped up random bugs, including cockroaches, bees, wasps, etc., to release them to the greater world outside. If I do kill something, I will make sure it is good and dead, so I definitely wouldn’t kill a butterfly by pulling its wings off. I consider that torture. But butterflies are special to me.

    I have killed spiders, including a couple black widows that were on our front porch. However, I consider that retribution of sorts since I have a spot on my leg from a spider bite (best guess, brown recluse) that gives me trouble still now and again.

    I have twisted my ankles trying not to step on ants outside, but if they get on my kitchen countertops, I turn into a blood-thirsty murderer. My house, my rules.

    To kill a bug just to get a trip like described- no. I would feel guilty.


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