• Noun: an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; examples: "his intent was to provide a new translation", "good intentions are not enough", "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs", "he made no secret of his designs"
• Noun: the intended meaning of a communication
• Adj: giving or marked by complete attention to; examples: "that engrossed look or rapt delight", "then wrapped in dreams", "so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred"- Walter de la Mar", "rapt with wonder", "wrapped in thought"
Thirdly, even if we assume that the world is governed by purpose, we need only add that this purpose - or, if there are several, at least one of them - is not especially intent on preventing suffering, whether it is indifferent to suffering or actually rejoices in it.
I believe that the Framers of the Constitution made their intent clear when they wrote the First Amendment. I believe they wanted to keep the new government from endorsing one religion over another, not erase the public consciousness or common faith.
And if citizens of New Orleans who are really contemplating coming back heard that we're really intent upon making the place secure again - regardless of whether the levees held or not - then I think a rebuilding process would really take shape.
In our daily life, we encounter people who are angry, deceitful, intent only on satisfying their own needs. There is so much anger, distrust, greed, and pettiness that we are losing our capacity to work well together.