Taking Life: Right or Wrong?

I have a hard time separating life into right or wrong. Mainly because there are too many, an infinite amount almost, of unknowns and exceptions that makes categorization difficult. Let’s take for an example something as volatile as murder. In our society we have laws against the killing of other people including our own self. Yet conversely, and perhaps ironically so, we have the death penalty as a means of punishing those who do.

The justification for this is that a person who takes the life of another has committed a crime so morally reprehensible that they lose their own right to life. Yet in America, you can legally kill someone if they are threatening either your life or that of another person albeit the threat has to be immediate, unmistakable and unavoidable. You can’t shoot someone who says they are going to kill you but yet do nothing that actually indicates that they are going to follow through. Even if you believe they have something in store for you at a later date, the threat against your existence must be immediate or else you will find yourself on trial.

Law enforcement agents are exempt from the law if they kill someone while performing their duties. And our military men and women who go over seas to kill for our country are regarded as heros. So you see it is very difficult to say that murder is horrible and evil when it is clearly not considered to be such all the time even though the fact that a human being ceases to live is the same in all situations.

I was doing some research for friend and fellow blogger Katie Fairchild. I had promised to send her links regarding a type of behavioral disorder that I thought she would be interested in reading about called Psychic Vampirism. The problem was that the post I had written about it long ago seems to have vanished into thin air and thus I had to go back into the wild world of the webernet to find the links I had used before.

At the end of the email I wrote something to the effect of, “Is psychic vampirism really so bad?” My thinking was that no man (or woman) is an island and at some point we all have pilfered the energy of another person to help ourselves feel better. The difference, I suppose, is that in these situations the energy we receive is usually given away freely or at least given without any resentment towards us for having asked for it.

Like when we are bolstered by a compliment from a friend when we are feeling down or when a person in mourning takes a few minutes of a stranger’s time to tell them about the loved one they lost. In these instances, we don’t mind sharing our spirit because as a communal species, helping one another usually ends up benefitting all of us.

But when do things go bad? I spend a lot of time wondering where we draw the line in the sand when it comes to those grey areas in between the extremes. In the murder example above, we, as a society, have decided that when it comes to the protection of our tribe we can afford to bend the rules a little. But how far can we bend the rules before we consider them broken?

At the other end of the spectrum, a psychic vampire agressively pursues his/her victim doing any and everything they can to literally suck the life from them before discarding them and going after someone else. Obviously, these types of people need to be called on their bullshit and defended against. This is predatory behavior similar to psychic vampires’ mythic counterparts, the blood sucking vampires.

But as many of the articles point out, most people do not realize that they are psychic vampires. Most likely because when it comes to human psychology we are still somewhat clueless. Society has given psychic vampirism a pretty name (co-dependancy) as well as misdiagnose (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression) and medicate those who are suffering from it. And because these band-aids appear to be stopping the bleeding (at least on the surface) many are content to believe the problem doesn’t exist.

So if someone comes along who is qualified (or as qualified as can be) to call a spade a spade and in turn fight for the eviction of said spade from the group, should they? What if the group doesn’t care? I used to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series and there was this one episode that featured the vampire version of a crack house. Humans would go to this house and for whatever reason they thought reasonable allowed vampires to feed off of them. The humans were fully aware of what was nibbling on their neck. The vampires wouldn’t take enough to turn their host into a vampire but just enough to feed their hunger. And if I remember correctly, I think the intimation was that it kept at least the weaker vampires from going on a rampage in the city. What if the vampire recognizes what they are and are responsible consumers? Asking permission to take and only taking what is given?

This is where I have a hard time saying that having a spade in a deck of cards is wrong because, well, they’re all cards and whether the spade is wanted or not depends on the game that is being played.

Anyway, I’m not sure if I made a point as I really didn’t have one to begin with. These were just some random thoughts of mine after a night of interesting reading. If anything, this would make for an awesome fiction story.

Namaste and Happy Blogging