Guideline 42

Do not kill other sentient beings

- Vulcan ten commandments

Written down by Tom LePage at 12/22/2012

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Why should you follow this guideline:

What are some interpretations of the guideline:

  • Abortion is not considered immoral because a fetus does not have the ability to feel, perceive, or be conscious, or to have subjective experiences
    Added by Tom LePage 12/30/2012
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What are some exceptions to the rule:

  • Killing is justified as a last resort when a sentient being requests death as a way to escape suffering.
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  • To add to the protection exception, self-defense should be considered alright as well. In a situation of your life being legitimately threatened it would be hard not to kill someone trying to do the same to you.

    Added by Nick Ward 12/31/2012
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  • Killing is only justified to protect another life and only when there is no other means. This applies to all sentient beings, not just humans. Retribution is not sufficient motive.
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