Was It an Accident or On Purpose? No. It Was Something Else
You've heard it said by kids. You've heard it said by adults.
"I didn't do it on purpose. It was an accident."
But if something undesirable occurs and the person doesn't do it on purpose, is it automatically an accident? No.
Consider an example.
George wants to go to the store to buy a gift for his wife. The catch is, their only car has bad brakes. They're near to not working at all. But he really wants to get his wife that present.
So he climbs into his car and heads to the store. Unexpectedly, a bicycle rider is in his path as he drives around a bend. He plows into the rider and hurts him severely.
Was it on purpose he did it? Well, obviously he had no desire to hurt the rider. He didn't even know there would be a rider.
Yet, an accident is something unforeseen, something one has great difficulty in avoiding. In fact, it may be entirely unavoidable.
In this instance, however, the so-called accident (for that is the term everyone will use) could have been avoided if the man had had properly working breaks.
It is not an accident, it is carelessness. The man cared too little (he was care-less) to get his car fixed beforehand.
The three possibilities - for there are three - are
1. On purpose
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