Why We Don’t Kill Humans Like Insects

Kendall Thornton



Many of us have at one time or another had the experience of killing an insect, a spider, or even a small rodent with little to no remorse and at the same time wondering why it might not be as trivial to do the same to a human. We kill these little creatures because they harm us, because they get in our way, or simply because we do not like the looks of them. Yet we are less inclined to serve the same justice to our fellow men. Why is this?

Some might argue that humans, despite being the single most destructive species on the planet, somehow do less damage to each other than these »pests» do to them. This is simply not the case. If one were to compare any individual living in a modern city surrounded by other people to a hermit living in the middle of the woods with beetles and voles, one would unexceptionally find the latter to be a more healthy and wholesome human being. But, the crazed humanist proclaims, insects do nasty things like lay their eggs in your ear while you sleep! Well, so do humans — metaphorically.

The real reason, I believe, why we don’t kill everyone around us, is that it’s not as easy to get rid of a human body than it is of a dead insect. Even if one lived on the first floor and had the strength to drag the body outside, environmental regulations would forbid him or her from dumping it in the garbage. This is why many of those who do choose to kill humans end up going through the trouble of cutting the bodies into smaller pieces, consuming the edable parts and discarding the rest among other household waste over what can be a surprisingly long and tedious period of time. To a further disadvantage for the average citizen this work is most conveniently performed with professional tools such as circular saws that can take an unreasonable amount of space in a small apartment.

If we consider nomadic societies of the past where fresh bodies were promptly burned at the spot, we have ourselves yet one more confirmation that the recent prohibitions to build bonfires within city areas serve no other purpose than to discourage us from killing each other by needlessly complicating the disposal of bodies. It should be no surprise to anyone that in his limitless submission the modern mockery of a man, valuing convenience over the judgment of his will, chooses to madly squash any defenseless creature in his path while leaving the great beasts around him in peace. That this irrational and downright destructive behaviour is actively encouraged by governments and humanitarian organizations everywhere is a grim testimony of the state of the world of today.