652 TALKS ON t( AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER " so that ^it becomes, as it is safid here, a superstition. If^ then it be true that we have to take vegetable life, in order that we may live, then yo^ see we are taking life at very low stage of evolution, and after all we must live somehow, But it is quite to be argued that we are not taking any life which would otherwise have to find room on earth. That is the answer to the objection I think, when it is made. Of course, you can also say—though that would be equally applicable to the eating of meat—that if vegetable life is destroyed, it is turned into and made part of a higher life. We have to use our common-sense about killing. There are many cases where small forms of life, for example, render our lives practically impossible. You have the theory of non-destruction of life carried to the utmost m certain places, as, for example, where some decline to kill vermin, and allow themselves to be eaten by them. Well, that does not commend itself to any civilised ^person. You, who have a library of books, will sometimes find your books attacked by silverfish and so on. -It se^ms to me that you must destroy that kind of life. If you could drive them away it would be better; but it is better certainly that you should destroy such insects, than that you should allow good books, which might be of use to others besides yourself, to be rendered useless. I think we should use common- sense in all these matters, all the way through.