Unlike some religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), Buddhism does not believe that human suffering is more unacceptable than the suffering of other living beings. In other words, Buddhism is not anthropocentric, and puts the suffering of human beings on an equal footing with the suffering of other beings (deities, animals, starving beings, hellish beings, etc.).
However, by the simple fact of living, Buddhist monks kill (unintentionally) a lot of lives. For example, while walking in the forest or working the land, the monk will regularly intentionally crush or mow down living beings, even while being careful. However, the monk could very well kill far fewer living beings if he decided to commit suicide. But the Buddha did not encourage monks to commit mass suicide in the name of the reduction of suffering that this would create. So, finally, isn’t there a contradiction in Buddhism? Indeed, how can one consider that human suffering has an equal value to animal suffering AND not encourage the massive suicide of monks (and other humans) killing living beings?
I wonder how Buddhists resolve this.
Thanks in advance