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Feb. 28th, 2006 07:12 am
"The purpose is far more important than the process"
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From: webcowgirl
Date: February 28th, 2006 - 07:18 am (Link)
And you're quoting what?
From: wechsler
Date: February 28th, 2006 - 07:20 am (Link)
I'll leave that opne for guesses or translations for the moment.
From: mrz80
Date: February 28th, 2006 - 11:02 am (Link)
I'd interpret that as just BEGGING the question, "Just what the [reproductive vulgarity] are you up to anyway?"
From: djm4
Date: February 28th, 2006 - 08:23 am (Link)
That's 'The ends often justify the means' in other words, isn't it?
From: wechsler
Date: February 28th, 2006 - 08:53 am (Link)
That was my interpretation - did you recognise the source? 'Twas Tony Blair on the news this morning, on why it didn't matter if his schools reforms wouldn't help students, so long as his intentions were good. Something I really don't appreciate hearing from our "leader".

An alternative interpretation that presented itself would be "Sod due process, just let us do what we want". Or whatever that Bill is called.
From: thekumquat
Date: February 28th, 2006 - 10:33 am (Link)
Ah. I've clearly been reading way too much management wank over the last few days, as I leapt at it as a sign of someone who would care about getting a job done rather than having lots of superficial Key Performance Indicators and stuff...

Taking a second look, it depends whether the purpose is something that should be striven for, and just because it may be more important does not mean the process doesn't matter. Yes Tony, that means keeping track of two thoughts at the same time.
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: February 28th, 2006 - 01:21 pm (Link)
Hmmmm. My default icon appears appropriate.

QA is good for your irony content

From: webcowgirl
Date: February 28th, 2006 - 04:22 pm (Link)
Ah, I see, just like my NPR morning comedy show, where they quote Rumsfeld and Cheney and Bush all the time, saying things that always come out as, "No, really, once your head is far enough your ass, you will be able to see the sunshine and smell the daffodils!"

'course it's not a comedy show, it's just the morning news, but listening to them does frequently give me the giggles.
From: scixual
Date: February 28th, 2006 - 01:58 pm (Link)
Translation: The ends justify the means.
From: drdoug
Date: March 1st, 2006 - 04:20 pm (Link)
Generally I'd say is it hell as like: your process is your purpose made manifest. There is no real distinction to be drawn between means and ends.

That said, there are special circumstances where the purpose/ends are of critical importance. Say our process was fatally thwocking Tony Blair on the head with a huge iron mallet. Then the purpose will help decide what you're guilty of. If your purpose was to cause him serious harm, you're guilty of murder. If your purpose was to see what happens when you wave a huge iron mallet around in a crowded Cabinet Office, you're probably guilty of manslaughter. But if it was a genuine accident and you were neither reckless nor of hostile intent, you're free to leave the court, with no blemish on your character.