SPOILERS FOR HARRY POTTER THE SERIES THE END.
Someone agreed in Mark Reads Harry Potter thread with Voldemort of all people: that Harry’s mother’s sacrifice, Harry’s decision to fight back in the graveyard, and Harry’s decision to sacrifice himself, were all accidents, because none of the people who made those decisions knew what effects would happen.
I can only take from that line of reasoning the idea that there’s no reason to do something unless you know it will do good, and if something good happens and you didn’t intend it, your decision was still an accident.
Conversely, if something bad happens and you didn’t intend it, what you decided to do was still an accident.
That line of thinking backs out of the idea of responsibility for consequences you didn’t intend when you made a certain decision. If you rat out my location to my parents, and then they kill me when you didn’t intend this to be the case and didn’t even know that would happen, you would still be responsible for killing me. You made that choice; you made that decision; and it wasn’t an accident. The result not being what you intended? Your decision still isn’t merely an accident.
It’s one thing to, say, not see someone and hit them with your car; or, say, not realize when you tell someone else some information that they’re immediately going to tell my parents. It’s another thing to deliberately see someone, assume they’ll just make it, cross early before they do, and hit them with your car; or when you give my parents an entire log of what I’ve done and where I’ve gone for the past three months.
I sometimes wonder if that’s how the people who turned mole to my parents rationalized their decisions ever after.
Oh well. There are still people who think I should have died, and I confess many days I’m one of them, despite the impractical nature of that thought.