The Writings Of Tao Writer – Killing

But apparently man loves to kill things, the fleeting deer, the marvelous gazelle, and the great elephant. We love to kill each other. This killing of other human beings has never stopped throughout the history of man’s life on this earth. If we could, and we must, establish a deep long abiding relationship with nature, then we would never slaughter another human being for any reason whatsoever. Organized murder is war, and though we demonstrate against a particular war, the nuclear, or any other kind of war, we have never demonstrated against war itself. We have never said that to kill another human being is the greatest sin on earth.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -)


I am against the taking of another human life. I have never been in a kill or be killed situation so I have no experiences to go by. If I were to be confronted with my own pending death, would I kill the another human being to save my own life? I do not know. I do know that I do not like to kill things. I have killed mosquitoes, ants, cockroaches, mice, flies, etc., but not without remorse, and only when they bite me or invade my home. I first try to catch them and place them back outside.

Each time I take the life of another living creature, I tell it I am sorry. I try to live in harmony with all of life but I eat meat, poultry, and fish. So this is a topic with which I am conflicted, and one which will require more consideration on my part. I agree with Krishnamurti that war and the killing of human beings is humankind’s greatest sin. I would add the killing of any creature without cause.