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Guilty?

:iconitsderek:
ItsDerek Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Do you feel guilty after accidentally stepping on an ant?
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:iconworkoutprogress:
workoutprogress Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012   Photographer
Would it feel guilty for accidentally stepping on you?
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:iconjarringx:
jarringx Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
not really.
I committed genocide on an army that was invading my room with my giant finger of death.
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Princess-Amy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
nno, but i do when i send the phone book flying towards spiders at about 3m/s
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OfBugs Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
I feel more guilt when I kill any insect than I ever do when I hurt another human. Dunno why. I mean I love bugs to death so that could play a part in it. Like I cried when my stick bugs died.
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CammieObscura Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I only step on them if they escape from "the farm".
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, and it's hypocritical for someone to feel guilt for killing an ant yet have no shame destroying a spider, fly or cockroach because "eeew it's gross!". You can kill one insect, you can kill them all. Just be glad they can't feel pain and don't have a life outside of biologically-programmed slavery :bug:
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Skvattram Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Can't feel pain now? What makes you think that?
And humans are just as much slaves as they are. They react according to their environment, we react according to our environment.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just read somewhere that while they can feel basic sensations (so they can respond to their environment, avoid predators and detect potential food) they don't feel pain (or pleasure for that matter) to the same extent as larger animals with more complex nervous systems, especially humans :shrug: Same goes for all kinds of low-end animals, such as many land-based and aquatic invertebrates (worms, anemones, starfish, etc) which are often at the bottom of the food chain and at the mercy of even the gentlest breeze or current. Feeling pain would be a huge disadvantage to animals like these who would probably spend half their lives experiencing it if they could :cries:
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korafox Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist
Only if it happens outside. Come into my apartment and all bets are off. That's the unspoken agreement between me and all things scuttly.
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Bytestream Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't do it. :icondivaplz:
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RobStrand Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I find killing them to be a lot of fun. Especially fire ants.
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:iconitsderek:
ItsDerek Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Do you stand on them in metal boots so they don't set your feet alight?
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:iconrobstrand:
RobStrand Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I fight fire, with fire.
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UsagiToxic Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No.
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Kimihro Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No. But then again I have myrmecophobia...
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Luppa Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. :(
I tried to scoop up a fly once and put it outside but... I accidentally squished it in my hands. But it was still alive, just a half-crushed, twitching mess of legs and wings. I felt even worse before I put it out of its misery.
'It's just a fly!' they all said.
:iconcryforeverplz:
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:iconitsderek:
ItsDerek Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
How come it was twitching? Did it lack stamina?
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kalistina Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Guilty, no. But I do feel sorry for it.
I don't like unnecessarily killing stuff, but that doesn't mean I feel guilty for doing so accidentally. And I never do it willingly.
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Requiemachina Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
eh.
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Melonjuice23 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Photographer
:iconsadtruthplz:
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SpaniardWithKnives Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah... I look for more :iconevilgrinplz:
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gvcspecks Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
i killed a shitload of rats once and felt pretty good for it, ants are smalltime killings.
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saxeh Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope
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:iconneiot:
Neiot Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
... No.
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rockstar1009 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
What about when a chimp flattens one whilst riding upon a tricycle? Should that !Tricyclechimp feel guilty? :(
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:iconitsderek:
ItsDerek Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I don't quite follow what you mean.
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Endeavor-To-Freefall Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
No, the bigger the insect the more remorse I feel though. Despite how much I dislike spiders when I watch them for a while I think to myself "look at him struggling to get across my kitchen wall, he's just trying to get on with his life like everybody else" and then I can't kill them. I find them quite sweet from a distance, but I still hate them.
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:iconitsderek:
ItsDerek Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Spiders are very sweet. Especially when crawling out of ones nose.
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wwwjam Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I only feel bad about stepping on bugs when I can actually feel them under my shoe. Like snails. I hate stepping on snails. They're just going through life, easy does it, takin' it slow, and then I crush them dead. :saddummy:
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littlefishey Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
They think nothing of stepping on me, is it my fault that they die when the situation is reversed?
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:iconitsderek:
ItsDerek Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I don't quite understand?
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littlefishey Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Ants step on people accidentally, but ants are small and so it makes no difference, people step on ants accidentally, but people are big, so it kills the ant. It's not the person's fault that this happens.
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ItsDerek Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
But the ant does not murder us due to its lightweight premise. So, unless you are the same weight as the perpetrator your point is invalid.
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:iconlittlefishey:
littlefishey Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I am never the same weight as the perpetrator.
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:iconitsderek:
ItsDerek Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
How come?
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:iconlittlefishey:
littlefishey Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
It's a balance thing.
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soda-with-cyanide Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Nah.
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:iconitsderek:
ItsDerek Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
But it was planning things and now it isn't.
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soda-with-cyanide Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
So? If it wasn't my gargatuan foot, it would have been something else: a predator, dehydration, starving, it's berserk relatives, foes etc.
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:iconitsderek:
ItsDerek Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Not necessarily. It may have lived for many years. Going about it's business and not being killed in an abrupt and unacceptable manner.
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soda-with-cyanide Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Ant society is different from outs, you know? Ants never actually sleep, and there's so many of them, it's hive gives nearly no damns if one perishes; heck, some queen ants can easly steal the identity of an other queen and kill her, taking over her hive. Also, ants never sleep.
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:iconitsderek:
ItsDerek Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Actually, ants have been proven to mourn their dead.
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:iconsoda-with-cyanide:
soda-with-cyanide Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Probably it's close buddies/siblings, but I bet the queen wouldn't twinch a muscle.
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Vanhir Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No, I doubt their families will miss them.
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I used too all the time, when I was little I played in my Nans garden, stood on an ant and watched what happened, all his little friends rescued him, I felt really really sad >:
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:iconitsderek:
ItsDerek Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
It survived? Goodness me :O
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No I think the ants just moved it. It looks pretty squished.
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KoutaTheCreator Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I do now. :iconshameplz:
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:iconksxzt:
KSXZT Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope. Not even when it's deliberate.

I killed a seagull once - made it explode. I didn't feel guilty about that, either. :stare:
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SkyFire2008 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How?
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