When we are confronted with problems, whether on a personal, local, or national level,  it is a natural response to want to do something to fix them.  We are familiar with sayings, such as, “If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem” and  “all that is required for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.” 

While those words may be true, there is another concept which should be considered:  “look before you leap.” Every action has a reaction, and many times there are unintended consequences to even our best intentions.

For instance, if we march in a protest and block highways, we may inadvertently cause the delay of emergency vehicles. By joining such a group and swelling its ranks, we may encourage criminals to merge into the crowd to steal and destroy. While our intention is good, the result is harm.

Whenever we feel the urge to act, to “do something!” it may be prudent to stand still for a few minutes and think through the possible unintended consequences of our acts.

Published by J.B.Hawker http://jbhawker.com/