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HAT Forum - "The Changing Face of Intention"

  • The 519 (Rm 305, check lobby screen to be sure) 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)

They say that “the pathway to Hell is paved with good intentions”.

What does this aphorism mean to you?

This Tweet represents the current orthodoxy: “if someone tells you, you hurt them, you don’t get to decide that you didn’t.”  How does your view of Intention impact your thoughts about this statement ?

Question: Since most everyone judges their intent as good at the time of an action (due to denial, delusion, lack of thought, confirmation bias, justification) and many of us have tendency to judge others’ intent as bad when we are the victims of negative outcomes, who is the best judge of intent?

Alternative saying: “Those on the Path to Hell pave the way with their good intentions.” How is this version accurate or inaccurate for you?

Question: Many have given past Canadian Governments and the churches some absolution for the Residential Schools tragedy based on their good intentions and motives: to do what was best for The First Nations people to ensure their future thriving. What is fallacious and accurate about this line of reasoning?

Question: How good are we at assessing the quality of our own intent before an action? Following an action? Are we honestly even trying to do so?

Question: is there an approach to the view of others’ intentions that is most Humanist? How so?

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