If a flame touches paper and the paper catches fire and is destroyed, is the flame responsible?
I think most people would say no.
But if the flame had a mind that could hold a thought about culpability, should it feel culpable? Should it feel guilty? If the paper could similarly comprehend concepts, should it feel victimised, defeated, ruined?
That’s not so easy to answer yay or nay. Is cupability in the action or in the awareness of one’s involvement in the action?
So, to what extent should we feel guilty for the fires that result from our contact with others? To what extent should we feel victimised when we are set alight?
Consider this: the ashes of the burnt paper might be compost that enables a plant to flourish, so perhaps the molecules the paper was constructed from serve a more useful function as charred fragments. So, not destruction, but transformation.
Perhaps our flames create a reorganisation of psychic ‘molecules’ that serve a more useful function in their new form?
This thought comes from my explorations into understanding how I might free myself from the matrix of Westernized ego-consciousness.