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What matters more: our intentions, or the results of our actions?

God-Cilla (Saviour to the Masses) 2009/06/03 02:24:04
Intentions matter more than results of our actions.
The results of our actions matter more than intentions
Nothing matters :(
Kittens are what matter, sily ^.^
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I think that the results of an action matters more than the intentions.
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  • Epistemically Justified -- BN7 2009/06/04 05:25:09 (edited)
    Intentions matter more than results of our actions.
    Epistemically Justified -- BN7
    +6
    To be more specific, the maxims upon which we base our moral decisions and physical actions are more important than the unpredictable, and often uncontrollable consequences those actions elicit.

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  • God-Cil... Psycho ... 2009/06/04 05:03:02
  • Psycho ... God-Cil... 2009/06/04 05:05:28
    Psycho the Psychic
    +1
    WHAT?!?!?!
  • God-Cil... Psycho ... 2009/06/04 05:17:40
    God-Cilla (Saviour to the Masses)
    +1
    Oh... fine. I would have >.>
  • Psycho ... God-Cil... 2009/06/04 05:19:54
    Psycho the Psychic
    +2
    I is sowy.
    sowy
  • Bryan 2009/06/04 00:47:58
    Intentions matter more than results of our actions.
    Bryan
    +2
    I believe that if all the effects are know that an action can cause and you have weighed them out and still moved forward with you "best intentions" to do good, then thats all one can do!
  • God-Cil... Bryan 2009/06/04 00:55:10
    God-Cilla (Saviour to the Masses)
    +2
    Hitler had good intentions. O.o
    (In his mind).
  • rightside God-Cil... 2009/06/04 01:23:45
    rightside
    +1
    OOOOh! That was good. ooooh
  • God-Cil... rightside 2009/06/04 01:30:36
    God-Cilla (Saviour to the Masses)
    +2
    Lol, thanks. I guess. XD
  • Bryan God-Cil... 2009/06/05 17:44:43
    Bryan
    This is were i thought for a min... Who determins the intentions? If i jumped on a hi-jacker but knocked the pilot out and crashed, good intention for the masses.
    I drive the plain in the ground to stop the hi-jackers. bad intention for the masses, HITLER.
  • Libby L... God-Cil... 2012/12/16 18:02:40
    Libby Leech
    +4
    Or good (in his mind) justifications for his intentions.
  • Scruffy 2009/06/04 00:10:32
    Undecided/None of the above
    Scruffy
    +2
    It depends on the situation. I have done a lot of things with good intentions. Some worked out well, others did not...
  • Three Pennies Worse 2009/06/04 00:03:17
    The results of our actions matter more than intentions
    Three Pennies Worse
    +2
    I don't care if someone does a deed for altruistic or selfish reasons, I just care about the deed itsself.
  • Pele Emerging 2009/06/03 23:59:46
    The results of our actions matter more than intentions
    Pele Emerging
    +2
    If you intend to do something, but don't, you don't get credit for the intention. On the other hand, if something happens as a result of your actions, even if you did not intend it to happen, I don't think it matters a lot that you didn't.

    What you do or cause to happen is what's important, rather than what you intend.
  • Mully 2009/06/03 23:49:47
    Undecided/None of the above
    Mully
    +2
    It depends upon the scenario. For the most part, as long as you find as much good evidence as possible to the best of your ability in the decision making, intentions mean more than the results. If you base your intention on ignorance, the results outweigh the intention.
  • Constit... Mully 2009/06/04 01:35:26
    Constitutional Conservative
    +1
    So please, give us a scenario where the intentions are more important.
  • Mully Constit... 2009/06/04 16:40:26 (edited)
    Mully
    +1
    Say giving a Christmas gift or making a business decision. You're boss more than likely won't fire you if you made the decision after much deliberation.
    The boss may fire you if you made a stupid decision after no research.
    Let's say a business is making a decision to make or outsource production of a product. You would do tons of research on the costs and benefits of each option. If you chose to make a product, then a hurricane destroys one of your production facilities, you may take a huge hit. That's not your fault. Many other unexpected things may happen also.
  • misty 2009/06/03 23:49:15
    Undecided/None of the above
    misty
    do u think it's werid or funny?
  • God-Cil... misty 2009/06/03 23:54:14
  • Todd 2009/06/03 23:25:05
    Undecided/None of the above
    Todd
    +2
    Both matter. One person might consider your intentions and another person will look at the results. The best thing to do is not screw up your intentions and then the results turn out just the way you want. But everyone is human and nothing goes perfectly.
  • God-Cil... Todd 2009/06/03 23:41:02
  • Todd God-Cil... 2009/06/04 04:14:25
    Todd
    +2
    Yeah and people would realize that more often then no one would get thrown into the blame game
  • Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum 2009/06/03 23:23:09
    Undecided/None of the above
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    +2
    Both. An unethical act usually requires a combination of both intent and results consistent with that intent. But recklessness and negligence can also be unethical, even if there was no malicious intent or actual result. We can't possibly know all the results of our actions, so results of action alone are usually not enough to be considered unethical.
  • NarcolepticGoat 2009/06/03 22:37:37
    Undecided/None of the above
    NarcolepticGoat
    +2
    that would depend on
    1. the intention
    2. the result

    a gift that fails? Intention is all that counts.
    a person dies? Ok, now its time to start looking at more than just intent.
  • God-Cil... Narcole... 2009/06/03 23:42:03
    God-Cilla (Saviour to the Masses)
    +2
    Good point.
  • Carol 2009/06/03 22:26:15
    Intentions matter more than results of our actions.
    Carol
    +2
    Our actions are a result of our intentions.
  • God-Cil... Carol 2009/06/03 23:42:45
    God-Cilla (Saviour to the Masses)
    +1
    Not always.
    One may intend to do good, but the results may be bad.
  • Mully God-Cil... 2009/06/03 23:51:31 (edited)
    Mully
    +2
    Carol said actions, not results. I know that didn't answer the question.
  • God-Cil... Mully 2009/06/03 23:55:29
    God-Cilla (Saviour to the Masses)
    +1
    I'm having a bad day for thought lol. XD
  • panda in bandanna 2009/06/03 22:15:41
    The results of our actions matter more than intentions
    panda in bandanna
    +2
    you could say everything you want to change the world but thats not goin to do it.......
  • Common Sense 2009/06/03 21:26:51
    The results of our actions matter more than intentions
    Common Sense
    +2
    The results are the tangible fruit of intentions, without results intentions are useless.
  • 1206720 2009/06/03 21:14:10
  • JenHeartsConverse 2009/06/03 20:20:02
    Intentions matter more than results of our actions.
    JenHeartsConverse
    +2
    because you could try to do something good, but it could go bad, but you didnt want it too.
  • 1206720 JenHear... 2009/06/03 21:16:12
  • God-Cil... 1206720 2009/06/03 23:43:46
    God-Cilla (Saviour to the Masses)
    +1
    Please, no Liberal bashing on my poll.
  • 1206720 God-Cil... 2009/06/04 00:56:44 (edited)
  • God-Cil... 1206720 2009/06/04 01:01:37
    God-Cilla (Saviour to the Masses)
    +1
    Sure. But could you please not do that here on this poll (which I did not intend to turn into a political discussion) out of respect for me, the creator of the poll on which you are posting? I'm not trying to infringe on your first amendment rights, I'm merely asking for civility.

    -Thanks.
  • Libby L... 1206720 2012/12/16 18:23:43
    Libby Leech
    +5
    Justifying a bad intention doesn't turn it into a good one.
    I don't think you have any right to bash people because their views are different to yours but they intend well. Bash liberalism, as in the concept and theory of liberalism if you don't think it works, not the liberals as in the people ascribing to liberalism.

    How is bashing a person going to make them think their theory could be improved? It's probably just going to make them resist anything you say because you're attacking them. Your actions are having the opposite effect of your stated intent too. I'm not going to bash you because of it, or I'll be joining you in the hypocrite camp. The truth is no-one knows everything, is perfect at everything, How about working together to find the way instead of against one another?
  • Scott B 2009/06/03 19:53:01
    The results of our actions matter more than intentions
    Scott B
    +2
    If we have good intentions then the results of our actions "should" be good. Having said that, If the results of our actions do not have a good outcome then the we should stand by thoses actions, whatever the outcome.
  • cat 2009/06/03 19:35:14
    The results of our actions matter more than intentions
    cat
    +3
    When i read your question the first thing that entered my mind was a old saying that goes like this " the path to Hell is paved w/ good intentions.
  • mblack 2009/06/03 19:30:32
    The results of our actions matter more than intentions
    mblack
    +2
    The results matter, because that is what you have to deal with.

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