||Feb. 28th, 2006 07:12 am|
"The purpose is far more important than the process"
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.