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[–] o_V_o 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

True... but it's totally irrational — even if you sweep the ground ahead of you to avoid killing insects (which they do), you're still killing other microscopic beings. If you truly believed this stuff, you would be forced to kill yourself (via starvation, obviously) — that would be the only way to avoid violence toward other life. It was a good way to control groups of tribal people (preventing violence is one of the keystones of "society"), but it's also super pretentious (and, of course, saying so is "bad form" because they're so pious... but it's true. To apply their hierarchy to dangerous religions, they would be the plants.... but it's still annoying).