Could you please tell me whether "however good or bad" in the sentence below modifies choices or consequences?
I hold you responsible for the consequences of your choices, however good or bad.
I find the sentence quite odd. Who would say that they will hold somebody responsible, accountable, regard them as culpable for some 'good' outcome? It would make the think twice about doing any good deed!
Isn't the author essentially saying the following:
'I hold you responsible for the good consequences of your choices.' Choose well and I will reward/compensate/promote you!
I hold you responsible for the bad consequences of your choices. Choose poorly and I will warn/demote/fire you!
I thought along the same line as Amigos4.
You make the right choice, and I reward you. You make the wrong one, and I punish you.
However, they other guys are right. The reason why I posted my question is that I find the sentence, which I came across in a book, quite odd.
Thanks for your inputs.
Amigos4, thank you for extending your welcome to a newcomer. You guys are real serious about language. And I like that.
This is the verbatim quote: "I also changed my strategy of discipline: I tried to hold the children responsible for the consequences of their choices, however good or bad."
Geral L. Sittser, A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss, ZondervanPublishingHouse, Michigan, 1995, p. 75
The author is a professor of religion at a college on the West Coast.