- Nov 4, 2007
It was two separate issues, like in all things - intent matters for severity but not for right or wrong. We’re talking manslaughter vs Murder 1, but there’s still a body.I've specifically noted this is unrelated to Gruden. RW dropped as a matter-of-fact in the middle of his post that "intent doesn't matter," which is something I see being repeated everywhere that doesn't make any sense in a society of 330 million people. It matters because obviously intent is important when it comes to how we treat statements and "penalize" people socially, in the workplace, etc.
And RW clarified his statement is more focused on one's personal feelings, which is fine, but it sounds like intent does actually matter in the broader scope of how we approach these incidents as a society.
I'm not defending Gruden. The opposite, actually. We shouldn't flatten situations like this so that people who intend to say and do bad things, like Gruden, suffer greater consequences than those who don't.