Entry 90: Bugs of the Earth
It was an early morning shift, and I was still tired after being up for an hour. I was setting up my workstation to begin my day's worth of work, and my coworker was doing the same on his side. For personal reasons, I won't use his real name, but substitute "Alex" for his.
Anyways, Alex is a really cool dude. Although his native language is Spanish, he still knows more English than I know Spanish, so he deserves more respect than I credit him over his "broken" English. A few days ago I learnt that he worked with many Adobe editing programs when he worked for a professional photographer, but I would have never guessed this because he normally just serves the role as "muscle" in the warehouse we work in. All in all, Alex is far cooler than I initially perceived.
So that morning, as we were setting up our respected workstations, he flipped over something so the cockroach would fall on the floor. It was a tiny thing, and Alex sorta "shooed" it away and smiled as we looked at each other. Since I figured he wasn't going to step on it, I grabbed a dustpan and broom and swept it up.
I didn't want to step on it either, mostly because I find it disgusting. As I swept it up, Alex said, "no kill" as he shook his head and motioned the "cutting throat" with his hand. So I took the roach outside and tossed it in the grass.
When I returned to my station, Alex said, "we have pact-o" and he motioned his fists together, as in a fist-bump agreement. He explained that he doesn't kill any bugs, not even the bothersome flies. I think he told me that he found it inhumane and that he hated when little kids would aggressively stomp on bugs. He even displayed his disdain for these kids by motioning a sucker-punch to a little kid.
His views for not killing bugs intrigued me for the rest of the day. Even an annoying fly, according to him, doesn't deserve to be killed. Why? I'm not fully certain why he behaves in this manner, but it does deserve some reconsideration on my own views.
No one likes them, so our solution is to get rid of them, no questions asked. If someone becomes a burden on his neighbor, do we do the same? It seems like that nowadays. Riots. Mass shootings. Bad cops. I'm sure there are details that are left unheard from these incidents, but I think the same thing is occurring.
For some reason, there are people in this nation that are not taught the value of lives, even those we would consider as "burdens." Even at my own workplace, a coworker was rambling on about how sick she was of those who trespassed and stole things from people's properties. She mentioned that she would shoot them if they ever tried to steal from her property, given the chance.
So how does a person who values the lives of actual bugs consider the lives of his fellow neighbor? In all reality, a bug that is spared would never comprehend his mercy, but that doesn't change his view on the matter. So what would I do to that same bug? To that pest?
We all share the same Earth, and we all try to live day by day to the fullest. Although we might not like the fact of sharing our world with "pests," they are part of our lives as much as we are to theirs. And we should respect that.