The good-intentioned think that they are being a sort of saint, when really they are just arrogant meddlers.
December 24, 2014
Perils of the well-intentioned
[No, not Joe Me, but another blogger.
This is my model of many, perhaps even most, anti-gun people. Particularly the casual supporter of restrictions upon our specific enumerated right to keep and bear arms. They have good intentions but they are unwittingly attempting to enable evil. They think they know best when really they don’t even begin to understand the subject material.
This reminds me of many other quotes of a similar nature. Such as perhaps the most famous:
If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
Henry David Thoreau
(1817-62), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist.
Walden, “Economy” (1854).
Or Daniel Webster:
Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.
One could claim this one is older and better known:
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
And superficially they would be correct. But the original meaning is quite different than what we have in the current context.—Joe]