By three methods we may learn wisdom:
first, by reflection, which is the noblest;
second, by imitation, which is easiest; and
third by experience, which is the bitterest Confucius
What is required to work in ways that Do No Harm? Answering this question can be a challenging if not daunting task, especially as we engage in more complex and difficult circumstances. Most of us are familiar with the term, Do No Harm, which comes from the basis of the Hippocratic oath, primum non-nocere, or first do no harm. This fundamental global idea requires that we minimize the harm that is inadvertently caused by our actions and asks that we be aware of how the consequences of our actions may contribute to wide-ranging and complex repercussions that may be immediate or long term.
Let us take a moment, pause, and take into consideration this simple, yet profound question.
In the blogs that follow, we will be offering our experience in writing the book, Do No Harm: Mindful Engagement for a World in Crisis. We will also share stories of ‘harming’ and ‘non-harming’ after over 50 years of collective work, along with some ‘words of wisdom’.
We’d love to hear your stories as well.