I believe that interpreting it such an unqualified way is most noble. However, such a strict interpretation could lead to destructive behaviors such as breatharianism or fruit-only diets, since thou shalt not kill must apply to not only animals (human and non-human) but to plants, micro-organisms, fungi, etc. And of course, it extends beyond the realm of diet and into the rest of our activities and ultimately leads to primitivism, or rejecting civilization in all of its forms. Yet there are no wild places for man to go and live in a more natural and peaceable state. And accepting the commandment but not the conclusion leads to nihilism.
As a rule of conduct, "thou shalt not wantonly kill or harm" can be applied without making primitivism or nihilism necessary.
Of course, then we must decide what is wanton and what is not.
If you don't eat dehydrated foods and foods with added fats like vegetable oils, olive oil, etc., and do not eat a lot of nuts and seeds, and avocado then you don't have to think about calories, reading labels or restricting food intake. you can eat all you want, according to instinct.
Bread and crackers are not just dehydrated (and hence confuse the body, the stomach senses fullness and uses that as a signal that aids your aliesthetic instinct), they usually have added oils (some crackers are 1/3 fat by calories). The added oils are not whole foods, the foods they come from are either low in fat in their natural state (and often inedible since they must be cooded, a denaturing process) or were not superabundant in the environment in which man evolved, which supplied most calories as raw carbohydrates.
Your positive laws would contravene the rights of individuals. You are proposing violence against individuals as a solution to the violence they do to themselves by not eating (or living) well.
The health, environment, and peace will all improve when we stop threatening our neighbors with violence, state-sanctioned or otherwise. The state impedes the free flow of information, creating a closed society. A society of free association is an open society, where claims to health can be made and evaluated by all.
The problem with education is that individuals, though they want to be healthy, they also do not want to give up certain eating and lifestyle habits. But we should respect people, not use violence to force their hands.
The fact that we are even discussing this means that you (any anyone engaged in this dialog) accepts the non-agression principle. It is the a priori of argumentation. If you did not accept it, there would be no need to argue as you could overwhelm me with force. Force (including passing and enforcing positive laws) negates and need for argumentation.
If taking it "to the extreme" is impractical, then it needs qualification. People who accept it as a guiding moral principle, however, then qualify it in the way that best suits them. "Thou shalt not kill" becomes "thou shalt not kill humans," or "thou shalt not kill Godly men (and women)," etc. And then, it says nothing about harm.
The principle of Ahimsa is better stated: non-harm. It is applied to the greatest extent possible. One is to strive to do no harm to other beings, human or non-human. This means not only refraining from harming humans and animals, as much as one is able to do so, but also not wantonly harming plant life either. Only when necessary and unavaoidable. It means living conciously, keeping other beings in mind.
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If nuts and seeds stop heart attacks, why is heart disease still the number one killer of all Americans?
And if someone still has fat on their body and they give up nuts as an experiment for 3 weeks, I seriously doubt they will have a heart attack. Excess weight, on the other hand, carries great risks.
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