The Logic Of Failure is another book about decision making, written by the German author Dietrich Dörner.
On the first pages he writes about something we all seem to experience in life! It´s the good intention trap we find when checking hidden motives and the intentions after big failures. He aims at politics in our country and writes that they all have (to have) good intentions. Good intention needs to be realized by capability. A good plan for reaching a goal needs the right direction and power. And that requires some intelligence, so it´s not about good intentions only.
Okay, here´s the trap the author writes about: people with good intentions (!) lack the bad conscience! There are two types of connections we face in life:
A: good intentions + foolishness
B: bad intentions + intelligence
Mr. Dörner asks his readers indirectly whether it´s A or B which brought more danger and disaster to our lives on earth. It´s a fact that people with good intentions show little constraints when realizing their goals. On its way, their disability, which then isn´t hidden anymore, shows up and delivers the danger which causes the emotional cry: “but I didn´t mean it!” …. in the end.
The abstract wish to lead people to their personal paradise often is the best way to create a tangible hell. Another…. “Why?”
Here´s the answer: goods intentions are the motor of the action to reach this good goal. It´s the motive! Exclusive of the necessary competence. Such people really want to show their capacity to act!
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