"Hell isn't merely paved with good intentions; it's walled and roofed with them..."
- Aldous Huxley, Time Must Have a Stop
It is an underlying theme in The Haven, the outcome of good intentions. One of my students recently brought in an essay, and with reference to Emerson, made the argument that persons should be judged by their intentions, not their actions. Awful sentiment.
My main point is this: good intentions coupled with fear can lead to disasterous errors in judgement. Further, for some the intentions, or the desired ends justify unethical means, which is a recipe for terrorism and tyranny. No one wants to believe that their intentions are bad, particularly if it includes a plan to affect social change. On the other hand, citing good intentions can provide a respectable front for the pursuit of power (e.g. Five Year Plan, Junior Senator Joseph McCarthy etc etc.).
I hate getting abstract like this, which is probably why I wrote a story. What happens in government when the ideal has priority over the people?