If a person says, 'I hate all them dumb (Derogitory term for blacks) and think they all should be burned alive' but never acts on those urges, is he better than a person who kills blacks despite having no actual hatred of them because he was told it was the right thing to do, whether he believed it or not? Question Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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1,113 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 18 years ago by wolf_boy

Which is a better way to judge a good person: by their thoughts or actions?
If a person says, `I hate all them dumb (Derogitory term for blacks) and think they all should be burned alive` but never acts on those urges, is he better than a person who kills blacks despite having no actual hatred of them because he was told it was the right thing to do, whether he believed it or not?


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19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 12/13/02 - 11:50:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
a combination of both
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 12/21/02 - 5:35:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, sooner or later those thoughts get turned into actions
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 3/9/03 - 6:08:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
You should probably judge people on thought... Because if they think something, they are capable of acting it out. If soemone DOES something, chances are they have the thought within, but you should make sure before you judge them. Wolf Boy's right, he could've been told it was right.
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 5/12/03 - 11:05:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
For those who believe in God will be judged only by Him. Actions speak louder than words, mainly becaue they are shown to others, not kept to yourself. I don't think it matters how you live life if you're in secret or obnoxious about your views, you are still you believing what you will. Who are these people judging others, are they really qualified to say what makes a good person or not?
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 5/13/03 - 12:08:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
i think someone that says blacks, or anybody else for that matter, should be killed is a bad person. they don't know anything about that person beisdes their skin color. if they say something should happen they could be the person to make it happen. i do think he is a little better because he has yet to act upon his words. and others have. but anyways, i've lost my train of thought.
18 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 2/24/04 - 2:46:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
Both
18 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 2/24/04 - 6:46:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
actions.

Yeah, sooner or later those thoughts get turned into actions <--not necessarily

18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 6/23/04 - 12:06:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
it's one thing to think about doing something it's totally different actually doing it
18 yrs ago - Friday 7/23/04 - 9:29:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
being taught that something is right doesn't make it right. the person in question who's taught that killing negroes is right was taught the wrong thing. he should use his judgement, and if he's intelligent(wise) enough he'll see that what he's doing is inhumane.
18 yrs ago - Friday 7/23/04 - 9:34:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
Their actions.
18 yrs ago - Friday 7/30/04 - 11:55:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
Actions hurt people. Thoughts don't (especially if they're not even put into words).
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 10/1/04 - 9:29:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
Can you see or hear a person's thoughts? What a retarded, short bus riding question.
17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 10/13/04 - 11:38:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's true that thoughts don't physically hurt someone when they're not put into words, but you can usually tell just by looking at a person, how they feel about a certain issue.
17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 10/15/04 - 4:19:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
probably their actions. they're actions are what they actually do, unless your psychic you don't know they're actual thoughts.
17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 10/15/04 - 4:25:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ok as for what I meant by thoughts, veiws would likely be a better word.

for example, I knew a person who always talked about immorality, about how much they hated people. They were always talking about doing immoral things. Verbally talked about women as nothing but sex objects, and more. Talked about how pointless it is to help others, ect. However in practive he did the opposite of everything he said and wanted to be. He couldn't actually hurt people, and almost always did the right thing. He hated it about himself. Still he did it.

That's what I meant by thoughts. I despised every veiw he had, however in action he was actually a good guy.

17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 10/15/04 - 4:38:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
Wow, the post after i clarify what I meant by thoughts someone ups and posts the same rediculous comment...
17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 10/15/04 - 4:40:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
Both.
Someone can think horrible thoughts, but won't act on them.
Actions are shown to the world.
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 12/13/04 - 4:58:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
Actions show how someone controls their thoughts
But thoughts cannot be hidden
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 12/13/04 - 5:22:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Actions b/c you never truely know what people are thinking.
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 12/31/04 - 10:51:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
It makes much more sense to judge a person by their thoughts, because thoughts are an indication of personality and intent. Actions could be the result of an accident or a person could be misinformed. If, for example, somebody accidently hit a dog with their car I wouldn't judge them as harshly as somebody who believes that all dogs should be killed.
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 1/3/05 - 7:56:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
It depends. The story is a ridiculously extreme example because murder is murder, no matter how much you smile while doing it. In that case, clearly action is more significant. If two people do the same thing, though, they may be evaluated differently according to the thought causing it. Some random stranger tackles you because he or she is prejudice against your hat, bad. If that same total stranger tackles you because one of those lawn darts they don't sell anymore because so many kids got hurt is flying at your head, good.

In many ways, the thoughts described in the story are just a more subtle action in my book.

17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 1/26/05 - 8:46:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
la la lal al lal
17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 1/26/05 - 8:48:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think speaking is an action, and I have no qualms about judging a person on what they say. I'm not sure how I could judge someone on his thoughts, though, if he doesn't share them with me out loud.



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