Let them live
Re: “Morality of our rights,” (PostBag, April 16).
I must thank Felix for sharing his excellent insight into the teaching of Lord Buddha. The first precept of Buddhism is “refrain from killing living creatures.” Thailand in many ways seems to have drifted away from this first and most important precept. It is rather paradoxical that we call ourselves more superior than other creatures in spite of engaging in killing, stealing, lying, intoxication and accumulating money through corruption and abuse of power. And we still see ourselves as an animal species that deserves better than other creatures. In the end, all human beings, the rich, the poor and the powerful, meet the same fate as other creatures. The end is reached with degradation, death and decay. In the case of Buddhists, they will all end up as 3 kilogrammes of ash. Sadly, the ash has no distinct quality, even if it is put in a bejewelled urn. Human beings have also invented ways to exploit their faith and religion to remain immortal by hook or crook.
In a nutshell, for creating a better living environment and a civilised society we all should refer to the five precepts of Buddhism as guiding principles. Immortality is only attained by the enlightened ones. Paying serious attention to one’s behaviour and lifestyle is the first step in that direction.