This life lesson is about actions and intentions and how they shape the good and bad. Some life lessons we learn the hard way, that good action over good intention is a truth we learn a little too late sometimes.
Mistakes are a natural part of life. For every action there is a reaction both good and bad. When the consequences hit us, we tend to be shocked at first. Because how could one possibly anticipate the future?
Sometimes our intentions are good but the results are terrible. Sometimes our intentions are bad but the results are good. Sometimes you cannot even tell whether the results are bad or good.
Sometimes life can get so messy you wonder if you are even in control. As if some invisible creature is solely focused on bringing you to your demise.
The honest and blatant truth is your intentions have nothing to do with the results of the events of your life. It is your actions that matter.
Moral philosophers have pondered on this dilemma of action and intention. The question of good and bad is not black and white. More often than not the two tend to overlap.
The act of killing is deemed wrong by virtue of human culture. So if the world had a choice of killing Adolf Hitler when he was younger, to prevent what would be a generational traumatic experience for the descendants of Jewish people in the world.
The dilemma of the act of killing is still in question. For to kill is bad but what of the so called greater good? Of the many families who were ripped apart and displaced and killed?
Hitler was but one man, the results of Holocaust would take the doing and thinking of more than one man. Influence yes, intention certainly but this action took many.
So perhaps Hitler dying before his time would have given way to another and another and another. Shall we kill them all then?
Action and intention can be confusing. I wish someone had told me this. Before I wandered into life focused on my intentions and not watching my actions.
I wish someone had told me that even when my actions did lead me into a sticky mess, it would also be my actions that would get me out.
Maybe then we would realize the power of our actions. That we could mess up and still go on. Because morality is murky waters, and there is no happily ever after.