Some Jains are extreme and wear a gauze so they dont breathe in insects and sweep the floor before them as not to trod unwittingly on some minuscule fly or unfortunate beetle. Some even starve themselves to death.
As im unable to feed on prana or become a breatharian I try to do my best.
So for me its a matter of degree and a bit of a damage limitation exercise whilst excepting it is impossible to live without terminating the existence of something else.
I will readily except any karmic collateral damage for accidentally squashing a snail or intently chewing on some salad but will take some comfort from not intently munching on a Mcdonalds or duck l'orange.
We are all flawed but there are ways we can mitigate damage by the intentional non consumption of animals. Its a good starting point.
Perhaps in the future then, one will have the possibility of being fortunate enough to live on prana or given the possibility to exist on some planet where breatharianism is the order of the day.
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