Interesting topic, @King Cotton, thanks for starting it. I, like I think many other people, have spent a reasonably large amount of time pondering the issue(s) and likely will continue to do so far into the future. For the record, I am generally a 'Pro-Life' person, but also someone who has learned that 'Absolutes' are rarely a good thing; nuance exists for a reason.
A seriously committed Buddhist Monk might (repeat 'might') be able to have and implement a pure 'Right to Life' policy in both theory and practice, but I cannot. So, where/how does one draw a line? I have found my metric in the phrase "Your right to swing your fist ends when it hits my nose".
Like many other posters, I simply do not like to kill, period. I live in a small house and, when not using aircon, it is open on three sides including large double doors at the front, so I essentially live outside. Yes, I have an assortment of flying stuff buzzing about my place at any given moment, but as long as it doesn't try to build a nest of some sort (i.e.., reach my proverbial nose), I just let them 'buzz'. I occasionally get ants, but that is usually a matter of laziness on my part; when I get up off my ass and put food away/do the dishes, the ants go away as there is nothing to eat. I have geckos in my house, and am quite happy to have them for two reasons. First, I would rather have them than the things they eat, so 'chomp away' is my policy. Secondly, I spent some of my early, formative years in Indonesia's wild Eastern provinces where people believe that if geckos won't live with you, your house is cursed. I am not saying that I believe it, but prefer to have geckos... er... ahem... just in case. The rule of the thumb is that as long as anything is transient, it is welcome to a pitstop.
Will I swat mossies that are trying to bite me and suck my blood. Oh hell yeah. Will I stomp on cockroaches that crawl on me? Oh hell yeah. Will I 'Bug Bomb' any flying thing that tries to build a nest in my house (i.e.., on my proverbial nose)? Oh hell yeah. If a snake wanders into my house, will I remove it by any means necessary? Oh hell yeah.
I suspect that I am "normal" (whatever the hell that means) among, expats here, and reading the comments above just reinforces that.
One final point; this is the "Culture & Religion" section, yet no one mentioned abortion. I suspect it is a matter of time before that aspect of 'Right to Life' gets mentioned, and then the sparks will fly. I am a very strong 'Right to Life' person, yet also a very strong believer that old men cannot and should not tell women what to do with their own bodies.
Have a great day, everyone.
I think you are overreacting, I am giving you information on that ride you may not know, but you do now.
Plus, there are many car brands that are 'made' in Thailand, including my favourite, Mercedes...
i appreciate what you say, the phobia still prevents me even looking at them to see whether they're dangerous or not. I don't even like looking at photos of them either.
As I said, it was pure instinct regarding a snake in the bedroom. If it had gone underneath the bed (about three inches off the floor) what would happen then? That was all I could think about.
The thought of two days ago still makes me shudder as I'm writing this.