Hmmm. That's a little too deterministic for my liking. In this version you may choose one or the other, but not both.
My personal variation on this theme is this:
Don't take chances that have consequences which you would regret having to live with.
Like telling a friend you'll "give him twenty bucks if he can do that (throw a ringer horseshoe) again" just to prove to everyone watching that he's nothing but a lucky stiff. Dang, I'll never do that again.
1. Mmmm coffee.
2. I dunno, bro. I think a grown up assigns a certain probability to potential consequences and assesses risk accordingly. "How did I know that lighted match was gonna start a fire?"
I have heard and frequently quote (and need someday to learn details) that Judaism requires a donor to be responsible for efficacy and consequences of charity. I like that -- I was raised on "well, you tried" if you give $500 to a junkie to pay his rent.
My problem with the quote is its seeming absolution for such an assessment -- me miss something?
Missed jg's in the aether -- I think he and I may be closer on this one.
The Refugee is always up for coffee. We're kinda overdue.
The Refugee considers this thought in these practical contexts: you can't take out a student loan and then be angry at the bank for expecting it to be paid back; you can't tax producers and fail to recognize what causes unemployment; you can't decide to work a strict 40 hour week and then complain that you neighbor, who works 80 hours, has a larger house; you can't live on other people's money for decades and then riot when they stop giving it to you.
Just to name a few.
English is a tricky language. I (and, I am guessing, jg) read the exact opposite: that I am not liable for the consequences because "how are you ever going to know? You can't choose consequences..."
I assumed one of my Facebook frineds had stolen your password.
And, I'm sorry jg, if you really miss the twenty that much, I'll give it back. I had no idea...
How about this then, as being more in line with BR's examples: "You can choose your course or action, but the consequences are beyond your control. If a consequence is predictable, and avoidance of it desirable, then choose accordingly."