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  •  ...the intention you have behind your actions... (10+ / 0-)

    ...are what matters. Once you take an action, those who witness it or are affected by it will judge that action. Say 10 people are affected by an action you take...6 may think it was awesome and 4 may think it was rotten.

    How others judge your actions normally is their projection onto your actions of their stuff...which sometimes is full of baggage.

    BUT, you have control over the intentions you hold. If your intentions are to be beneficial for everyone, then your intentions come from love and empathy. The actions you then take are infused by you intention.

    If your intentions are for personal gain, they you simultaneously exclude others and sever connection to others. Selfish intentions normally WILL cause you to take actions that will be harmful for many others.

    Loving, inclusive and beneficial intentions normally WILL cause you to take actions that are positive for many others...even if they don't judge it to be so in real time.

    The intention you hold is the key...

    Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences. -7.38; -3.44

    by paradise50 on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 09:32:40 AM PDT

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    •  I don't know, p50. (5+ / 0-)

      As Aristotle said, every action is aimed at some "good."

      I am sure McVeigh saw himself as unselfishly sacrificing himself (and his victims) for the betterment of "everyone." I doubt he thought he would "gain" from it in a material way.

      I would say that it's the flawed thinking behind those intentions that created the evil.

      "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well, I have others." --Groucho Marx

      by Dragon5616 on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 09:46:10 AM PDT

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      •  ...I don't want you to be my representative... (4+ / 0-)

        ...in government. You'd be the perfect Democrat that would cave to the Republicans...

        Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences. -7.38; -3.44

        by paradise50 on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 10:20:46 AM PDT

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      •  flawed thinking ... is pretty vague (2+ / 0-)
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        you make a judgement about someone's thinking when you say it's flawed. So flawed is not evil, but ... somewhat wrong ... or somehow biased ... or somehow weird ...What is flawed to you may be very correct and reasonable to that person and to other persons who judge that thinking.

        Dragon5616 I declare this question too difficult to be resolved on the NEW DAY. May be tomorrow, there is another NEW DAY, may be then we know ... what is evil. May be if we can agree on what is not evil  ... it brings us somewhere. :-)

        Good Night.

        •  Maybe it's (0+ / 0-)

          not a good topic for New Day. If I misjudged that, I apologize.

          Yes, the possibility that I may be wrong is a good reason why I am reluctant to judge people. I feel I am more or less forced to make judgments about actions, and I make those based on my best reasoning, not on, say, an ideology or religious creed.

          "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well, I have others." --Groucho Marx

          by Dragon5616 on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 10:21:37 PM PDT

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    •  That sounds very reasonable - thanks p50 /nt (2+ / 0-)
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