Why should a person think before he acts?Why should a person think before he acts?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Being spontaneous is surely fun sometimes, but there is a difference between spontaneity and impulsiveness. When we act without even considering the consequences or potential consequences, or how it may affect or be perceived by others, we're being socially reckless. As thinking human beings, it's much better to make or way through the world as purposefully as possible. We'll do less damage, to ourselves and others, if we do.
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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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You should always think before you act to prevent unwanted consequences.  If you don't think before you act, you may realize that you did not really want to do what you did.  Take time to consider what will happen if you do it, and often times you won't!

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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People should think before they act for a number of reasons.

First of all, not thinking before you act can get you into legal trouble.  You can, for example, be sued for negligence if you do not exercise reasonable caution when doing things.  So, for example, let's say you throw a large rock out of the window of your third floor apartment.  You did it without thinking or meaning to hurt anyone, but it hit someone and hurt them badly.  You could be sued for negligence or charged with the crime of reckless endangerment.

Second, even if you do not end up in legal trouble, you can ruin relationships by acting without thinking.  For example, what if you believe something mean about a friend and say it to them without thinking?  You could easily destroy your relationship with them simply because you did not think before you spoke.

So, failing to think before you act can harm you in many ways.

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