Originally Posted by jaiman
So motives are more important than actions?
Actions are driven by motives. Knowing the motivations behind actions would be absolutely necessary when facing an opponent. I don't think you can compare the importance of them. It would also be largely dependent on the specific issue at hand.
Dissecting the motives behind actions is absolutely necessary to get a full grasp of the situation. Knowing actions, without knowing the motives behind them, is useless.