Personally, I find it "strange" for us (homo-sapiens/sentient human beings/male/female/) to equate ourselves to any other life form on this planet, much less those that can be considered as "pests/vermin/predators" albeit there are members of this "group" who have a tendency to perform as such. Is it natural for us to do so? Perhaps; after all it can be surmised we had no choice as we went from "dull/ignorant" to "shining like a new penny". Perhaps they were natural stages we were "destined" to go through? Hmmm?
-Human life is no different than a spider's life, but it would be much easier for us to kill a spider than vice versa.
Hello Leonard. I cannot imagine myself making such a statement. To me it offers a very "low" opinion of the human being we are or should be, to be more precise. As your next statement offers your doubts if any intelligence on Earth arguably exists. Considering the many definitions
of the word itself indicates it is indeed difficult to determine.
Perhaps it is because we are the only 'intelligent' or 'sapient' beings on the planet, though some would argue we have yet to find intelligent life on earth.
Considering by those definitions provided by "wiki" is it easy to understand why you make such a statement. I, for one, agree not in intelligence itself but in how we "use" that knowledge.
I wouldn't crush the spider, unless it posed a threat to me.
Exactly and why I made the statement I made in a previous post "..well, it's only a fetus" for it can be conceived that new "human being" would not be complimentary to our existence and hinder that intelligence of what it is conceived our existence to be as you yourself relate it no different than that of a "spider" as it is easy to "kill". Do spiders kill their own? Hmmm? And then there is the BLACK WIDOW, isn't there? Ha? She lands a mate has a sexual affair and then devours him. That does ring a bell. But does she kill her offspring? I guess in a manner of speaking as those males she produces will be eventually devoured by their "loving" sisters, huh?
It makes webs....
Have you ever been caught in a spiders web? (click below link) Ha, talk about fodder for another thread? Chilling isn't it?
YouTube - Arachnid Web Scene 1
......and kills even more annoying things....
Ah, now I see your point as you relate us to spiders; for don't we do the same thing as you continue to say.......
.......like mosquitoes and gnats,
Now we must determine who those "mosquitoes and gnats" that are pests to our existence, huh.................us, no better than spiders, as we snare them in our web. You know Leonard, now I am beginning to see your point.
.....so I just let spiders be.
Now, as I am agreeing with your statement, we must learn where it is they "hang out" so we do not get "entangled" in their "web". Many spiders live alongside humans exploiting the nooks and crannies in which they dwell. These are the ones we truly need to be cautious of.
If we find it right to crush spiders, then maybe some unknown giant beings somewhere would find it right to crush us.
Maybe? Do you mean be being caught up in a bigger web as a means of entrapping us, these intelligent, human "spiders" as we are considered "their prey"? Hmmm?
-Personally, I find humans to be more destructive than spiders.
Me too, and they "spin" much bigger webs.
Maybe it should be them killing us in that case.
To put it bluntly..............they are!
I was reading an interesting article today in the Wall Street Journal about crazy ants that are on a rampage in Texas and Florida and even go after fire ants which are also on a rampage in Texas and other southern states. There is nothing that humans can do to stop them. They just take over what they want.
Considering the "Lone Star State" is were I reside, I have never encountered one myself. As for a humans not being able to do anything about them, if they do exist, I am sure we can.
I know that humans have this amazing ability for self-congratulation of their species. I wonder whether the ants are doing the same thing right now? You know, I wouldn't be surprised. They should eat some humble pie sometimes.
I couldn't have put it better myself.
I am sure there are those who will find a hard time understanding your sentiment especially after they have met a brown recluse. But alas, perhaps not, as a great many believe "well.....it's only a fetus".
This is sort of a bizarre point, William. I mean...I personally like spiders.
Even when I semi-gleefully kill other insects which annoy me (wasps being a favorite), I go out of my way not to disturb spiders.
But even I know that the brown recluse must be put to death if found in the home.
Look where they dwell in the home as per Wiki:
"Recluse spiders build irregular webs that frequently include a shelter consisting of disorderly threads. These spiders frequently build their webs in woodpiles and sheds, closets, beds, garages, plenum, cellars and other places that are dry and generally undisturbed. They seem to favor cardboard when dwelling in human residences, possibly because it mimics the rotting tree bark which they inhabit naturally. They also tend to be found in shoes, inside dressers, in bed sheets of infrequently used beds, in stacks of clothes, behind baseboards, behind pictures and near furnaces. The common source of human-recluse contact is during the cleaning of these spaces, when their isolated spaces are suddenly disturbed and the spider feels threatened. Unlike most web weavers, they leave these webs at night to hunt. Males will move around more when hunting, while the female spiders tend to remain nearer to their webs."
Perhaps our waste and clutter has something to do with enriching their habitat?
It's simply not an organism that can be tolerated in close proximity to humans.
Assuming my above comment to be accurate, what can we do about that as far as insuring their "habitat" doesn't conflict our habitat?
At any rate, moral comparison between the brown recluse and a fetus would probably need a reanimated Aristophanes for adequate treatment.
Perhaps? I assume you are referring to his play THE WASPS
, correct? It was perhaps not a "net" but a "web"? It could interpreted the same.