As always, Not Buying Anything, comes up with something thought provoking.
"What if the spider you just killed in your home had spent its entire life thinking that you were its room-mate?Ever think about that?No, you only think about yourself."I read this recently, and laughed. Then I thought, and thought some more. It makes sense. I might think differently if I lived in Australia, but I hope not.
Since reading this I have seen it it in other places, unattributed to any author. To me it has the life-positive, anti-violent vibe of Buddhism, or Jainism. It has caused me to be even more aware of the preciousness of life, and how everything just wants to live.
This level of sensitivity to the needs of others can be applied to all situations.
"What if that computer you are typing on was made by child labour, or is toxic to workers, or destroys the habitat of wild creatures?Ever think about that?No, you only think about yourself."Or,
"What if that flight you are taking increases your carbon footprint dramatically and adds to potentially catastrophic climate change?Ever think about that?No, you only think about yourself."
What if our habits and desires are killing not only spiders, but the very Earth itself? Ever think about that?
"Rest easy spider
Does not sweep that far."