Intent

There is something peculiar about people who take the intent for the act. Action or agency escapes their notice entirely. Consequently, a statement such as “I meant to do my homework” is supposed to tell us “I did my homework,” when, in fact, she didn’t. While the reality is not as suggested, the statement is not technically a lie. So, intent functions to disguise, if not deceive. Intent has the advantage of always being hard to prove. It enables people to weasle out of being responsible for what they do. That is particularly important for people who are not paying attention to what they are doing.