Why is a human life more valuable than that of a duck? Both are alive, both have Buddha nature. Only difference is ducks aren't destroying the planet. I'd choose the duck...


On Dec 20, 2008, at 3:46 AM, Anthony Wu wrote:

You are right in doing that. By the same token, if the choice is between a human being and a duck, it is clear that you should go for the former. But the reasoning should stop somewhere, otherwise, we would be supporting someone like Hitler.


--- On Sat, 20/12/08, Vince <> wrote:
From: Vince <>
Subject: Re: [Zen] Ducks Have Buddha Nature?
Date: Saturday, 20 December, 2008, 3:14 AM

That is horrible, and I'm sorry you have to see that. I once saved a baby wood duck who had been left behind by his mother. It was wonderful, the time I spent with him. I named him Quackers.
However, I think about this and I am something of a hypocrite.
I love ducks but despise roaches and head lice. Is there an inherent difference between the two 'categories' ? Does a duck have more right to life and respect than a roach? I could make the argument that ducks are higher on the evolutionary ladder and therefore more deserving of consideration, but in the end, I have to admit that it's a lame argument. So, I will continue on as I have, saving ducks and killing head lice when my child gets it.

From: Karin <tortillera77@>
To: zen_fo...@yahoogrou
Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 1:55:57 AM
Subject: [Zen] Ducks Have Buddha Nature?

I work at a shopping mall and there is a canal nearby and there are
lots of ducks in the area. I feed them out of the back of the store
sometimes, and they run towards me and I talk to them. That is fun.

However, many people dislike the ducks because they poop a lot, and I
have seen some people run them over with their cars when they are
driving through the shopping center. They have contempt for the ducks
and think that if the ducks are in the way of the car, it is OK to run
over them. This is very sad to me.

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