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. — Sir Thomas More in Richard Bolt’s, A Man For All Seasons.
It is hard for people to imagine that a football player could say or write the above, but in reality even big offensive lineman never wished to do their opponents harm, they only wanted to move them around a bit. Bolt’s play is full of great quotes, but this one stuck with me this morning. More’s thoughts are not bad words to live by, and we could use a little bit more of “none harm” these days.
Why does it seem necessary to pour salt in our opponent’s wounds or to say what’s wrong with someone rather than what’s good? Do we always need to remind people of their misgivings or past mistakes? I think not.
The pill of forgiveness is the best medicine a person can take.