Good intentions paved the road to hell

Posted: September 6, 2013 in Uncategorized
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My mom told me this. We were watching TV together and I didn’t hear the entire statement from the programs protagonist and she let me know what the entire statement was. Every since that moment I have considered the gravity of the statement. Good intentions paved the road to hell. Good intentions. What are they? Good is used as an adjective meaning virtuous, intentions are purposes or attitudes. Hell is a state of torment. So when broken down the statement makes little sense.

Good intentions should result not in a paved road to hell but in a “Stairway to Heaven” (your welcome Led Zeppelin fans, man that group is so cool!)., Our intentions should rule our conduct and if our intentions are good so should our conduct. However this doesn’t always seem to be that way. Often with good intentions men do harm to other men, destroy their environment and cause well a “highway to hell” (your welcome AC/DC fans another great rock song).  So if our intentions are good why are our actions bad. It is never right to do harm. We learn this from religious leaders like Jesus, Mohammad, the Budha. We are also taught this from thinkers like  Hippocrates, Plato and Socrates (and I know Plato may have ripped off Socrates but that doesn’t matter). despite knowing that we should do no harm we with good intentions do serious harm… What is the deal?  I think that is where the statement is born it is not really fair to say that good intentions paved the road to hell. A better statement may be good intentions and near sighted men pave the road to hell. A near sighted man destroys something believing that he is doing good.

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Maybe we should think fully through our actions and then we may see that they are not in line with our intentions. My dad used to stop me when I was a child and about to do something stupid. He would say “stop, is what you are going to do a good idea. Will it work?” That quick test could be employed now with our actions from our intentions only it should be Stop, is what you are doing now a good idea? Will it harm anyone? Will it work?” If what you are doing will cause harm, then maybe it is not in line with your good intentions. Just some random thoughts on an old North American maxim for Friday





“Stairway To Heaven”

There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she cant get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it makes me wonder.

There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who stand looking.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

And it’s whispered that soon, if we all call the tune,
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long,
And the forests will echo with laughter.

If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now,
It’s just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on.
And it makes me wonder.

Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know,
The piper’s calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When we all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she’s buying the stairway to heaven.


Living easy, living free
Season ticket on a one-way ride
Asking nothing, leave me be
Taking everything in my stride
Don’t need reason, don’t need rhyme
Ain’t nothing I would rather do
Going down, party time
My friends are gonna be there too
I’m on the highway to hell
No stop signs, speed limit
Nobody’s gonna slow me down
Like a wheel, gonna spin it
Nobody’s gonna mess me round
Hey Satan, payed my dues
Playing in a rocking band
Hey Momma, look at me
I’m on my way to the promised land
I’m on the highway to hell
(Don’t stop me)
And I’m going down, all the way down
I’m on the highway to hell

  1. Robert Wei says:

    The original phrase is “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
    And I would not include Mohammed as someone who advocated doing no harm, if he is commanding his followers to kill the infidels (anyone who doesn’t adhere to, supposedly, his god’s commands.

  2. this may be a hint of dyslexia on my part. For as much violence that is in the Quaran there are also parts asking for peace. My hope is that this is the message the followers of islam cling to. The story goes that Mecca was conquered in a mostly peaceful way.

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