True. It's a null feeling for me, of no real consequence, if the circumstances warranted it (say a just war, military target, or self defense).There is nothing exciting or enjoyable in taking human life.
Never tried it, never probably will, but I have unusual psychological makeup that probably means I would not feel guilty at all. I consider my own life worthless to me, though would fight fiercely to preserve it. My family and friends would miss me.
If people value their own skins, that's their problem.... IMO, most of the problems of the world are cause by people who care more about their lives and comfort than about doing the right thing.
People live, people die. So? Happens all the time.
That some of them have to be killed because the circumstances necessitate so, why should that upset me?
What is enjoyable is winning. Outsmarting the enemy. Senseless slaughter, that's not good.
Would feel guilty about innocent bystanders, of course..... and take pains to avoid casualties there, but legitimate targets?
Explosions? Still cool.
If done ethically, hunting is ethical, exciting and fun.Killing is not exciting or fun.
Killing is not sport.
Killing is seeing the light in a man's eyes dim; seeing the last shuddering breath; sometimes there is a cry, sometimes silence. There is the "death rattle", the breath leaving the lungs for the last time.
Men are animals, the reason most holy books lie about that is, that by separating ourselves from nature, we feel less guilty about abusing it.
You know, cutting down forests, strip mining. (I'm not anti-industry though.. but really, cutting down primeval forest so people could play golf*... that'd made me consider going around spiking trees with steel rods..[/QUOTE]
*my father's boss once almost killed me with a golf ball, it whizzed less than a foot from my head. He never even apologized. (it was a golf course around a public trail)
To this day, I have a hearty dislike of golf-playing management types.
It's an intimate affair, hand to hand combat. Do you talk about your love life with him?He was involved in combat at a VERY personal level--including firefights at muzzle-contact distance, and close quarters battle with bare hands and edged weapons. He will NOT talk to me about it in detail.