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The Road to Hell

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. This can be traced back to various similar phrases going back at least as far as the twelfth century1. The idea is that our actions lead to consequences regardless of our intentions.

Negligence is what this is all about. Negligence is when we fail to address a known or foreseeable problem when it’s within our power to do something. We may have all the good intentions in the world when we fail to take action or take risky action. However, it’s up to us to take responsibility for our actions that end badly. At the very least, we must learn from them and change our behavior once we understand what happened.

This is why it’s important we look directly at evidence and facts instead of relying on beliefs to interpret what happens around us. We need to make sure that we are doing all we can or at least not contributing to the problem. If we can show that through evidence and facts, then we can let go and use belief to handle the things we can’t help otherwise.

The serenity prayer calls on us to make sure we clearly understand what is in our power to change. We cannot gain the wisdom to know what we can change and what we can’t if we don’t face the evidence right in front of us. We may end up in hell regardless of our heart felt beliefs that we are good people. We must act in goodness and see that goodness through evidence.

1 The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Wikipedia. Original date unknown. 2018/3/31. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_road_to_hell_is_paved_with_good_intentions

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