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Woman ponders if insects feel pain

Woman ponders if insects feel pain

Dear Tante Camilla,

Though this may be thought to be silly, it is not meant to be. Maybe you’ll know the answer. Today I swatted a wasp and it was incapacitated. It is alive, though without vigor. Do you think it feels pain? Really! To make sure that it doesn’t, I’ll give it another swat before it recovers and gives me pain.


Pain versus Pain

Dear Pain versus Pain:

Mais la, your brain wheels must turn all the time like a paddle boat. One time my cousine Gloria and I were playing by the swing daddy had built under a big tree and we didn’t know the honeybees had started to build a hive up there. Phew lawd, pauvre Gloria plopped on that swing and it shook the big tree then all of a sudden we heard a loud hummm, hummmm and looked up and it looked like the sky turned noir, noir. I told her to put her hands over face and run to the maison. By time we got inside we was swollen up like blowfish. Talk about some pain. Momma started cutting open daddy’s cigarettes to put the tobacco all over us to help the stings and he had a fit because it used a whole pack. Oh mon Dieu!

Anyway, bonjour mes amis. This is Tante Camilla ready to give you some advice. So venez ici and écoutez.

I never even thought if a gep feels pain when I pass him a slap. But that’s a very interesting question, beb. I like the way you think. Well, I looked in my old Encyclopedias to see if they had an answer and they didn’t so I guess I’ll just tell you what I think.

You know how when a fly or a gep or something lands next to you and you just barely move and they fly away fast, fast? Well I think God made them able to do that so they can survive because we need bugs to help the plants grow and all. But I think God also knows that birds eat them and people kill them all the time so maybe he made them so they don’t feel the pain like we do because that would be cruel. I try not to kill the geps if they not bothering anything because they good for the fruit trees and the gardenia tree I have. But if they look like they want to do the misere I sure don’t feel bad for passing them a calotte, even if they do feel pain. Because it’s like you said, I rather them feel pain than me feel pain.

Eh ben, c'est tout pour asteur. When I get another question you’ll get another answer.

-Tante Camilla

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