October 4, 2008
AHIMSA – n. (in the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jainist tradition) respect for all living things and avoidance of violence towards others.
Upon first reading this definition, I thought that this was a word I could really get behind. After looking into it a little further, I discovered that many people take it a little further than just respect and non-violence. Check out www.ahimsa.com for a brief run-down on it and some related links. They offer suggestions on how to live a proper ahimsa lifestyle, including veganism, fruitarianism, and not going to zoos, for example.
Even though I, personally, am not willing, at this point in time, to go to such extremes as veganism I still think that a healthy dose of ahimsa (as defined above) can do a lot of good in this world we live in.