Actions are judged on their intent, rather than on results. This leads to a bizarre world in which the actions of governments, individuals, and not-for-profit organizations are often governed by good intentions, even when good intentions generate disastrous results. (A classic example is the “We Are The World” music recordings performed by leading American pop artists in the 1980s to help the victims of Ethiopian famine. In fact, the money was used by the rulers of Ethiopia to buy weapons.)
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