Sir Thomas More: I do none harm, I say none harm, I think none harm. And if this be not enough to keep a man alive, in good faith I long not to live. — A Man For All Seasons, Richard Bolt
There are many quotes from this wonderful play/movie but the above is one of my favorites.
Is it enough to do none harm? A buddhist priest was asked what good he did for humanity.
His answer was, “What I do for Peace and Justice is split wood.” To do no harm is a great service to humanity.
What is the physician’s oath, First, do no harm? So in this day of constant motion and energy, is it possible to make a contribution by simply doing no harm?
Romanian historian Mircea Eliade said that a recluse’s life of prayer and meditation, “defends his or her society form darkness.”
The Catholic Monk Thomas Merton was often called the perfect example of an “engaged recluse.”
The concept of doing none harm is worthy of examination.
No one who takes seriously meditation and prayer can dismiss the contribution of beginning one’s day in silence and seeking first to do none harm.