Innocent?

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IN THE REALM OF PERSONAL OR SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS — THIS IS NOT A LEGAL QUESTION
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Are those who act or speak, and are unaware of, and/or indifferent to, the hurt or damage they inflict, INNOCENT IN INTENT?

When the intent is the betterment of self, is there  INNOCENCE IN INTENT, when awareness of hurt or damage to another is absent?

Are consequences, or intent, more important?

Are adults morally obligated to rectify, or make amends, for unintended hurt or damage?

Do cultural mores matter?
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Sunrise St. Augustine ⓒBearspawprint2014

 

 

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31 comments on “Innocent?

  1. Nomzi Kumalo says:

    This morning I would go as far as to say that a lot of ignorance is simply laziness.

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  2. Lisa says:

    Because we never have the right to judge another’s intent. We do not have the sight for that.

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  3. simon7banks says:

    This actually strikes me as quite simple. Was the person causing the hurt ignorant of the impact through not bothering to think about it, or couldn’t they have known? If I say Copenhagen is a lovely city because I’m itching to talk about my holiday visit and the relative stranger I’m chatting with saw a loved one die in that city, I couldn’t reasonably have anticipated her reaction and I may be guilty of self-promotion but not of the hurt. But if I’m chatting with someone whose accent I’ve identified as belonging to the American South (not being an expert, being British) and relieve myself of some sweeping negative generalisations about Floridans, and the other person is from Florida and is hurt, I am at fault because it would have been easy to say “Where are you from?”.

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    • Are you saying it is acceptable to express “sweeping” negative opinions about groups, as long as you don’t say so to a possible member of said group?

      What about personal relationships? Is it acceptable to express negative opinions about persons within social circles, family, or close personal relationships, as long as it is said to someone else, not the subject of the negative comments?

      Does veracity make it more OK? ?????

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  4. willowdot21 says:

    That’s a deep one Bear I need to give it some thought.. I shall be back on this. 🙂 xx

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  5. ĽAdelaide says:

    deep questions… i think intention is always important and rarely are we not aware of what they are. at 10pm, it’s too late for me to think much more deeply than that but it is a good question to ponder.

    i was looking thru your blog more tonight and wanted to say how lovely it is… you live in a gorgeous place.

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  6. I need to give this a lot of thought-lots of deep stuff here!

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  7. Victo Dolore says:

    I adore how your posts make me think! 🙂

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