The universe was created by God who has no beginning or end, we are living proof from that divine energy “The Creator” and in us is the knowledge from God, however as time progresses man as lost site of his True Nature.
We are the highest form of life on earth we are Human with knowledge from God, and we know from the remarkable progress of man the extent that the power of our minds can achieve, “Man was animals until divine knowledge was placed in his mind” (Veda, Universe Creation).
If all creation is from God then are we not all the same in his eyes, can a mother love one child more that another ? They may have a favorite child that’s only because of some event that credited the child or simply on the character of the child. So if God sees all of us (all life) as his Children, Then how can we take it upon our selves to cause pain to any living creature ? When we all know we have the highest thinking brain in the kingdom of life. “Don’t destroy what you can’t create” (Sai Baba).
Even the foot print of an ant can be heard.
This brings me to a small creature the ant, whom we all take for granted their life. How many of us just ignore them ? or carelessly dust them off our items ? or simply just wash them away? most of us humans have, including me. Think about it why are their ants around your stuff, for the simple reason that we don’t keep tidy, then who suffers ? Yes they do Suffer, They do feel pain, They are living. These harmless ants just go around doing their work, Performing their duty, and then what happens to them ? Disrespected as if they are nothing. Not just ants but all living creatures that are smaller than us Humans, we seem to want to take control over their lives. Lucky the age of dinosaurs has passed.
In Buddhism one of many kind practices is to “Respect all living creatures”, not even an earthworm is harmed when building in construction. I am not saying watch your every step or consistently think about what you are harming (ideal situation), but rather make the decision to not harm any living being that comes in contact with you. It’s really simple to do, once you understand the Pain any living being feels as a result of our actions you tend to start thinking not only about your self and see the world in a different way.
We all want Peace, it starts by being conscious in our action, we have to be the change we want to see in the world like Gandhi said. We should view each life as a valued soul that was not created by you then you will develop respect, Respect for all life.