You see a worm crossing the road what do you do?
When I was younger I would pretty much always try to 'help' the worm thinking that it would almost certainly die from heat, birds or cars. But over the years i have developed many other possible answers to this question.
Such as What business is it of yours to alter the worms life? What gives you the right to choose when and where something dies? is saving a life as much interference as taking one?
But then that approach suggests that you are somehow apart from 'life' that your choices and actions are not natural, but of course we are part of nature nothing we do can be free from that fact. And of course then there's fate, what if fate exists and everything we do is pre-ordained? then to choose not to or to choose to save the worm becomes irrelevant because whatever you choose was the right thing.
But without fate then we have free will and we do have a choice to make, but what to choose?
To save the worm is to interfere with the worms existence, to change its reality and its potential in a sense to take away it's choice. Perhaps it was suicidal? or perhaps it just needed to get across for it's own reasons despite the risk. But on the other hand to NOT save the worm is to ignore your place in its life and your own, you where given that situation to experience and not only that you where then given the impulse to interact with the worm is ignoring it like ignoring an intuition that then turns out to have been right?
Each and every thing we see in this life is an endless voyage of further complexity, from the mundane to the sublime, what we choose to do with every moment and why is far too complex to ever fully understand but we should all be aware that even so much as a Worm crossing the road is a strange and wonderful interaction with everything.
So What would you do?
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