Are We As Accountable For Thoughts As For Actions?


There continues to be a philosophical discourse about whether actions have more significance than thoughts. The correlation between both is perhaps at the center of this dialogue.

Actions can be seen and measured by others, provoking numerous consequences with a wider impact then first imagined. Thoughts on the other hand are less open to observation. They are part of one’s private introspective world but can have great influence through meditation and prayer. Although they cant be seen and are usually difficult to articulate, they also influence behavior.

Conceivably, thoughts are actions on a less tangible plane. Perhaps they converge at the point where motivation saturates a new perception with curiosity. Thoughts that create ambivalence are likely to remain thoughts; those that are focused become a catalyst for a plethora of actions.

Random Thoughts can  appear unexpectedly out of nowhere. Some are “good”, others are “not.” Should we be held as responsible for random thoughts as for those that have conscious motivation since random thoughts are not as controllable, or are they? Then, the question becomes, are we as accountable for the thoughts we have as for the actions we initiate?