I spoke with a friend of mine the yesterday who is serving as a contractor in Iraq. We were discussing compassion and how all life is precious. He is confronting himself with the fact that he's carrying a gun for a reason and one day may be asked to use it. If all life is precious what about the person that he may have to shoot?
We chatted and both came to the conclusion that the life of a mass murderer and that of a three-year old child are equally precious, one in the same in fact. Carrying it further I relayed that I took the lives of three lobsters the other night while preparing dinner. I did it mindfully and with respect and humanity (odd word there). There is no difference between the lobsters and any other living creature… they are one in the same.