Sunday, February 10, 2019
Should good intentions eliminate bad consequences? No. Outcomes don't follow from intentions and intentions by definition apply only to intended consequences. But as Samuel Johnson said, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." Isn't it more important to find out if the consequences are good rather than if the reasons are good? Ask: What are we trying to improve? What can reasonably be expected to happen? Are the net results positive or negative?
Good thinking is better than good intentions. In the 18th Century, Pierre S. du Pont, a deputy to the French National Assembly said: "Bad logicians have committed more involuntary crimes than bad men have done intentionally."
-Peter Bevelin, Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger