It’s said that intentions don’t matter, but I think they do. When someone says something wrong, it can in fact be excused by the right intentions. For example:
I intended to say something different, but autocorrect failed me!
Here’s a thought: It’s not that intentions don’t matter. It’s just that the most commonly declared intentions are bad intentions.
We have difficulty admitting that people have bad intentions, partly because we want to see the good in all people, but also because we have absurdly high standards for what counts as evil. When we imagine evil, we imagine some supervillain who wants to destroy everything just because. Hardly anyone in the real world has evil intentions quite like that. Or at least, it never seems that way. [Read more…]