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  1. wp says

    Between the idea
    And the reality
    Between the motion
    And the act
    Falls the Shadow

    Between the conception
    And the creation
    Between the emotion
    And the response
    Falls the Shadow

    Between the desire
    And the spasm
    Between the potency
    And the existence
    Between the essence
    And the descent
    Falls the Shadow

    — T. S. Eliot

  2. Jeremy P. Harford says

    I came back to this page due to one thought that is hard to explain without also explaining the progression of thoughts that led to it.

    Suppose that you wanted to choose the safest possible jurisdiction to live in based upon the attempt spectrum here. Toward the preparation end, jurisdictions may have a heavy hand due to crime problems and it’s more likely that innocent acts may be misconstrued as criminal. Toward the completion end, there’s little chance that anything but actual criminal intent would get you in trouble, but others can scare you by appearing to get awfully close to the completion end of the spectrum; perhaps without actually committing a crime, even if the unspoken intent is to intimidate you.

    Granted, in that second case where the incomplete act would be a violent one, the actions meant to intimidate still counts as assault (right?), but the point is that there’s so much legal “wiggle room” that people might use that room.

    It seems that the place you want to live is right in the middle of the spectrum. So, where is that middle? How might it be defined? I’d be willing to bet that every place thinks they’re in the middle because they define that threshold as the point where actus reus can be proven. So, simply asking wouldn’t help.

    I wonder if attorneys choose their homes based on things like this.

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