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We seem to be living in a world that is getting less hospitable every day. Look closely at any endeavor our species has engaged in and it appears we are unaware of the harm we do, we ignore the harm we do, we intentionally do harm for our own gain, or sadly in some cases we do harm for our own pleasure and enjoyment.

Has no one taught us to do no harm?

If we haven't been taught to do no harm, we see no harm in doing harm. We cause harm and shrug it off. We cause harm and laugh about it. We cause harm and brag about it.

Sadder still, our children bear witness to our actions and never learn to do no harm themselves. Above all else we must teach our children, by example and instruction, this basic moral principle of life.

We must begin to make better choices and treat each other, the other creatures who share this planet with us, and this planet we call home with greater respect and compassion.

We believe that the first and most basic moral law is, "Do no harm." Because we can feel pain and suffering, we can imagine the pain and suffering of others, and we can act accordingly to minimize the harm we cause.

What does "do no harm" mean? Ultimately it means to give thoughtful consideration to our actions. “Do no harm” simply means to consider how our actions may affect the world we all share, to be compassionate in our dealings with all creatures, and not to thoughtlessly despoil our planet.

Doctors are asked to “first do no harm,” why not lawyers, businessmen, religious leaders and politicians? Why not us? Why not now?

It sounds like a simple idea because it is a simple idea, but it may be effective over the long run. Will “do no harm” solve all the problems in our world? Perhaps not, but this is an effort to decrease the suffering in the world and to increase the kindness.

We hope that “do no harm” becomes that little voice that guides our actions.

And we hope you will join us and spread the message "Do no harm."

Show everyone you care and use “Do no harm” to sign-off in your correspondence in place of "Best Wishes", "Yours" or "Regards."

If you have a web site, be proud of your support and add the words “Do No Harm” to the top of your home page where everyone will see it.

Be bold and creative in thinking of ways to expose as many as possible to the “Do No Harm” message, but please, do no harm in doing so.

It is not necessary to mention the source of the message. This is certainly a case where the message is far more important than the messengers. All we ask is that you practice do no harm and take every opportunity to share the words "do no harm" with others.

If you wish to include this essay or link to the “Do No Harm” web page, please do; or if you wish to change the wording or write your own, that's equally OK with us. If we are to change our world for the better, we simply must share the “Do No Harm” message with family and friends, with neighbors and our community.

You can add a comment , or if you wish, send us your own thoughts or reflections and we will add them to this web site.

Sometimes, all you really need to do is ask:

Please . . .  do no harm!

c.c.keiser & clyde grossman

updated August 21, 2007

additional co-authors:


Dr. G.A. Haglund, Bradenton, FL  USA                                                   February, 2016


Ken Wilson, Vancouver, BC  Canada                                                       October, 2015

Chrispus Katete Sirya, Abu Dhabi,  United Arab Emirates                  September, 2015

Ogulcan Sarioglu, Luleburgaz, Kirklareli,  Turkey                               July, 2015

Wayne Naidu-Grant, Papatoetoe, Auckland,  NZ                                 June, 2015

Elisabeth Jimenez, San Francisco, CA  USA                                             May, 2015

Byron Sebastian Miranda, Heredia  Costa Rica                                      March, 2015


Richard Miceli, Bayside, NY  USA                                                            December, 2014

Deborah Walker, North Haverhill, NH  USA                                          November, 2014

Nicolas Neduzak, Necedah, WI  USA                                                      August, 2014

Nicolas Schmelzer, Cincinnati, OH  USA                                                 July, 2014

Bobbye Freeman, Paragould, AR  USA                                                    April, 2014

Ruth Paulus, Fairborn, OH  USA                                                              February, 2014

Deirdre D. Gilbert, Missouri City, TX  USA                                            February, 2014

George Gordner, Kissimmee, FL  USA                                                    February, 2014

Dianna Colbert, Poteet, TX  USA                                                               February, 2014


   George Peknik, Albuquerque, NM  USA                                                  December, 2013
   Timothy Williams, Maitland, FL  USA                                                      November, 2013
   Jane M. Ponterio MD, Staten Island, NY  USA                                         September, 2013
   Heather Hawkins-Scott, Toledo, OH  USA                                               May, 2013
   Rev. Steven P. Gregg, Phenix City, AL  USA                                            February, 2013
   Johnathon Ricker, Steamboat, CO  USA                                                    February, 2013
   Justin Washu O’Brien, Richmond, IN  USA                                              February, 2013
   Rafael Ayala, Davao City, Philippines                                                       February, 2013
   Ron Culver, Hebron, KY  USA                                                                    February, 2013
   Brenda M. Hester, Bedford, IN  USA                                                         February, 2013
   Stephanie Freed, Woodland, CA  USA                                                      January, 2013
   Kimberly A. Peace-Steimer, Tucson, AZ  USA                                         January, 2013
   James ‘Dilla’ Miller, Danville, PA  USA                                                    January, 2013 

Venerable Eido, Brisbane, Queensland, AustraliaDecember, 2012
Heather Blair, Lake City, AR  USADecember, 2012
Erin Cleaver, Port Orange, FL  USANovember, 2012
Shodo Ji Shin, Kailua-Kona, HI  USAOctober, 2012
Ana Rivero, San Francisco, CA  USAOctober, 2012
Francesca LoPorto, Buellton, CA  USAOctober, 2012
Stuart D. Pierson, RN, Clawson, MI  USAOctober, 2012
Robert Goldmann, Richmond, CA  USAJune, 2012
Kevin E.S. Evans, Tulsa, OK  USAJune, 2012
Maggie McDonald, Toronto, ON  CanadaJune, 2012
Jonathan Sullivan, Lake Charles, LA  USAMay, 2012
Judy Zabriskie, Monona, WI  USAApril, 2012
Shirley Sigmund, Templeton, CA  USAApril, 2012
Darrin Rice, Hoschton, GA  USAApril, 2012
W. Jan Allison, Washington, OK  USAApril, 2012
Peggy Beerta, Pine Grove, CA  USAApril, 2012
Malinda Blithe, Fall River, MA  USAMarch, 2012
Christopher Lezon, Sacramento, CA  USAMarch, 2012
Rich Quinn, Fairfield, CA  USAMarch, 2012
Barby Kahl, Oneonta, NY  USAMarch, 2012
Avinash Sajan Karna, Dhanusha, NepalFebruary, 2012
Edna P Smith, Bala Cynwyd, PA USAFebruary, 2012
Mike Wood, Warwick, RI  USAFebruary, 2012
Bill Wright, Denver, CO  USAFebruary, 2012
Pam Douglas, Buckeye, AZ  USAFebruary, 2012
Viki Spector, Fair Oaks, CA  USAFebruary, 2012
William Sapp, Dalton, GA  USAFebruary, 2012
Michael Stoddard, Clarksville, TN  USAJanuary, 2012
Nicole Kern, Sacramento, CA  USAJanuary, 2012
Debra Ralph, Aspley, Brisbane, Queensland  AustraliaNovember, 2011
Geoffrey Grimes, New Orleans, LA USANovember, 2011
JoAnn Formanek, Chicago, IL USANovember, 2011
George Pestow, Kapolei, HI  USAOctober, 2011
Caylin Braverman, Chicago, IL  USAOctober, 2011
Tom Kueny, Milwaukee, WI  USAOctober, 2011
Amy Long, Elk Grove, CA  USASeptember, 2011
Sue & Ralph Marino, Port Coquitlam, BC CanadaSeptember, 2011
Adam Tebbe, Lake Waynoka, OH  USASeptember, 2011
Hannah Gerber, Newbury Park, CA  USASeptember, 2011
Christina Blount, Santa Rosa, CA  USAAugust, 2011
Robin L. Roberts, Fayetteville, AR  USAJuly, 2011
Alicia Cuervo, Olney, MD  USAJuly, 2011
Connie Wilhelm-Miller, Olney, MD  USAJuly, 2011
Maritza de Juan, Littleton, CO  USAJuly, 2011
Sheri-lee Campbell, Vancouver, BC  CanadaJune, 2011
Tina Brunker, Madisonville, KY  USAJune, 2011
Boris Dworschak, Ispringen  GermanyApril, 2011
Susan Anneliese Marie, Sacramento, CA  USAApril, 2011
Patsy York, Inola, OK  USAApril, 2011
Plamena Serteva, Kalipetrovo, Silistra  BulgariaApril, 2011
Rev. Loraina Lee, Moneta, VA  USAApril, 2011
John Feldman, Albuquerque, NM  USAMarch, 2011
Courtney Lamkin, Naperville, IL  USAMarch, 2011
Madelyn Lamkin, Naperville, IL  USAMarch, 2011
Pamela Creel, Shawnee, OK  USAFebruary, 2011
Marque Munger, Fernley, NV  USAFebruary, 2011
Antoinette Talone, Wallingford, PA  USAFebruary, 2011
Krista Seidl, Newbury Park, CA  USAFebruary, 2011
Kelly S. Rotter, Reno, NV  USAJanuary, 2011
Anish Parkash, Franklin, MI  USAJanuary, 2011
Komal Boyal, Windsor, ON  CanadaJanuary, 2011
Seth Martin, Hollister, MO  USAJanuary, 2011
Claire Ackiss, Carl Junction, MO  USAJanuary, 2011
Pamela Fiore, Leiden  NetherlandsJanuary, 2011
Alma Biddleman, Gibraltar, MI  USAJanuary, 2011
Robert Neary Sanchez, Guayama, PR  USAJanuary, 2011
Ria Duke, Newberry, SC  USAJanuary, 2011

Larry Bates, Sequim, WA  USADecember, 2010
Michael A. Kelly, Ravenswood, WV  USADecember, 2010
Steve Godjas, Orange, VA  USANovember, 2010
Lyn Elayne, Denver, CO  USANovember, 2010
Michael Latham, Danville,  CA  USANovember, 2010
David Warrington, Nevada,  TX  USAOctober, 2010
Karl Phillips, Wolverhampton  UKOctober, 2010
A.P. Williams, Chillicothe, MO  USAOctober, 2010
Michael W. Lister, Jr., Easton, PA  USAOctober, 2010
Jaymee-Leigh Kunsman, Easton, PA  USAOctober, 2010
Peter Greenhill, Honolulu, HI  USASeptember, 2010
Meg Rose, Guilford, CT  USASeptember, 2010
Nadia Mahmud, Hillsborough, NJ  USASeptember, 2010
Abdullah Qureshi, Chicago, IL  USASeptember, 2010
Irina Grecu, Montreal, QC  CanadaAugust, 2010
J-P Tamblyn, Toronto, ON  CanadaJuly, 2010
Sabrina Casey, Pollack Pines, CA  USAJuly, 2010
Lindsay Fields, Asheville, NC  USAJuly, 2010
* Matt Sloan aka carpedm01, Bonnaroo, TN  USAJune, 2010
Gary Grosius, Granite Bay, CA  USAJune, 2010
Nick Kirkes, Fort Collins, CO  USAJune, 2010
Andy Macleod, Lowden, Western Australia  AustraliaJune, 2010
Ajahn Thanasanti, Colorado Springs, CA  USAJune, 2010
Dr. Katrina A. Bramstedt, Sausalito, CA  USAJune, 2010
Chaplain Kevin Kurtz, Calgary, AB  CanadaJune, 2010
Joanne Pisani, Ronkonkoma, NY  USAMay, 2010
Margot Somers, Malvern, PA  USAMay, 2010
Carol Austein, Memphis, TN  USAApril, 2010
David H. Mitchell, Louisville, KY  USAApril, 2010
Judith Shapiro, Alexandria, VA  USAApril, 2010
Gloria O Ives, Malvern, PA  USAApril, 2010
Peter Dodson, Chicago, IL  USAApril, 2010
Mike Hodge, Memphis, TN  USAApril, 2010
Elise Stone, New York City, NY  USAMarch, 2010
Craig Mollins, Toronto, Ont., CanadaFebruary, 2010
Trica Hutchings, Rio Linda, CA  USAFebruary, 2010
Winsse Villanueva-Cirujales, Dipolog City, PhilippinesJanuary, 2010
Harm Puite, Amsterdam, NetherlandsJanuary, 2010
Luke Knefe, Minneapolis, MN  USAJanuary, 2010
Akiko M. Jones, Tucker, GA  USAJanuary, 2010
Serene Lu, SingaporeJanuary, 2010
Melanie Brady, Gleason, TN  USAJanuary, 2010
Kim Cox Carneal, Kailua-Kona, HI  USAJanuary, 2010
Kare Mulvad, Copenhagen, DenmarkDecember, 2009
Dove Rosenberg, Philadelphia, PA  USANovember, 2009
Eric Williams, Alburquerque, NM  USANovember, 2009
Xavier Moutoux, Long Beach, CA  USAOctober, 2009
Tim Schreiber, Champaign, IL  USAOctober, 2009
Josie Hyde, Lawrence, KS  USASeptember, 2009
Matt Conser, San Diego, CA  USASeptember, 2009
Kelley Field, Milan, TN  USASeptember, 2009
Noel Field, Lawrence, KS  USASeptember, 2009
Ibrahim Mat Nor, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaSeptember, 2009
Joseph A Santiago, Westerly, RI  USAAugust, 2009
Joshua Medina, Evans, CO  USAJuly, 2009
Suzanne Jacobson, Mesa, AZ  USAJuly, 2009
Maureen Latiolais, Cade, LA  USAJuly, 2009
Meredith Rowe-Neumann, Lanesboro, MN  USAJuly, 2009
Shawna Thompson, Roseville, CA  USAJuly, 2009
Katrina Bowlin-Mackenzie, Sandfields, Port Talbot, WalesJuly, 2009
Steven Duplantis, Houma, LA  USAJune, 2009
Catherine England, Cincinnati, OH  USAJune, 2009
Mike Bright, Cardiff, UKJune, 2009
Aliz Szappanos, London, EnglandMarch, 2009
Adie Lenling, Minneapolis, MN  USAFebruary, 2009
Kim Nolan, Williston, VT  USAFebruary, 2009

Jalaja Bonheim, Ithaca, NY  USA

December, 2008
Fazilah Bazari, Nairobi, KenyaDecember, 2008
Panos Axiomakaros, Athens  GreeceDecember, 2008
Patricia & Gottfried Herrmann, Calgary, AB  CanadaNovember, 2008
Cris Weber, Sacramento, CA  USANovember, 2008
Kerry C. Benjamin, Indianapolis, IN  USANovember, 2008
Francine Triebe, Oak Creek, WI  USAOctober, 2008
Pamela Vale, Vervale, Victoria  AustraliaOctober, 2008
Gwen Headen, Providence, RISeptember, 2008
Diane Meier, Abilene, TX  USAAugust, 2008
Tom Carter, Lexington, KY  USAAugust, 2008
Laura Osbon, Florence, OR  USAAugust, 2008
Brian Kratzer, St. Lebanon, PA  USAAugust, 2008
William L. Martin, Dallas, TX  USAAugust, 2008
Colleen Ludgate, Virginiatown, ON  CanadaAugust, 2008
CJ Bott, Solon, OH  USAAugust, 2008
David Dubuy, Lafayette, LA  USAJuly, 2008
Jim San Filippo, Dallas, TX  USAJuly, 2008
Br. Michael C. Oboza, Park Ridge, IL  USAJuly, 2008
Lucas James Xavier Kolasa, Providence, RI  USAJuly, 2008
Bradley Field, Milan, TN  USAJuly, 2008
Sandy Shea, Crested Butte, CO  USAJune, 2008
Marie Tarallo, Chicago, IL  USAJune, 2008
Jose & Norma Perez, Houston, TX  USAJune, 2008
Gabe Gott, Chicago, IL  USAJune, 2008
Nicole Powers, Chicago, IL  USAJune, 2008
Jennifer Fraser, Sprint Hill, FL  USAJune, 2008
Beto Hoisel, Salvador, Bahia, BrazilJune, 2008
Franklin Nah, Monrovia, Montserrado, LiberiaJune, 2008
Bernadette Holzer, Elk Creek, MO  USAJune, 2008
Evan Williams, Colleyville, TX  USAMay, 2008
Kelly Hodgkin, Shingle Springs, CA  USAMay, 2008
Allison Savage, Burlington, VT  USAMay, 2008
Paul Garner Kimbrell, Jackson, TN  USA May, 2008
Brenda Watson, Atwood, TN  USAMay, 2008
Nathan Trask, Jackson, TN  USAMay, 2008
Sue Williams, Slatington, PA  USAMay, 2008
Andrew Beatty, South Bend, IN  USAMay, 2008
Joshua Hayes, Milan, TN  USAMay, 2008
Christen Campisi, West Sacramento, CA  USAMay, 2008
Calista Pinette, Ann Arbor, MI  USAMay, 2008
Victoria Day, Columbia, MO  USAApril, 2008
Carol Gunnerson, Roseville, CA  USAApril, 2008
Waylon Lewis, Boulder, CO  USAApril, 2008
Jackson Wilshire, Marylhurst, OR  USAApril, 2008
Clarence Oakerson, Milan, TN  USAApril, 2008
Britton H. Turkett, Boulder, CO  USAApril, 2008
Mary Donnelly, El Dorado Hills, CA  USAApril, 2008
Mike Gallagher, Wallingford, CT  USAApril, 2008
Julie Einstein, Chicago, IL  USAApril, 2008
Zackary Christensen, College Station, TX  USAApril, 2008
Tim Flanagan, Portland, OR  USA April, 2008
Robert Christiansen, Folsom, CA  USAApril, 2008
Sandy Hays, Pelham, NC  USAMarch, 2008
David & Amy Raymond, Miami, FL  USAMarch, 2008
Rev. Amanda Riley, Jonesboro, AR  USAMarch, 2008
Walter Michael Wolf, New York, NY  USAMarch, 2008
Marc Zamec, Chicago, IL  USAMarch, 2008
Vickie Montalbano, Metairie, LA  USAMarch, 2008
Laura Bzowy, Vancouver, B.C.  CanadaMarch, 2008
David Wilmore, San Francisco, CA  USAMarch, 2008
Kristina Krieger, Shingle Springs, CA  USAMarch, 2008
April West, Milan, TN  USAMarch, 2008
Thomas G. Glowczwski, Rocky Mount, MO  USAMarch, 2008
Kevin England, Euless, TX  USAMarch, 2008
Patrick Helliwell, Dartmouth, N.S.  CanadaFebruary, 2008
Ingrid Asztalos, Milan, MI  USAFebruary, 2008
Travis B. Eneix, San Francisco, CA  USAFebruary, 2008
Alexandra Sidiropoulos, St. Louis, MO  USAFebruary, 2008
Susan Markley, Ashland, OH  USAFebruary, 2008
Krista White, Anniston, AL  USAFebruary, 2008
Damian Lastovich, Louisville, KY  USAFebruary, 2008
Michael Liebowitz, East Meadow, NY  USAFebruary, 2008
Manny Fuentes, Lafayette, LA  USAFebruary, 2008
Jorge Jaimes, Miramar, FL  USAJanuary, 2008
Shawn Cleary, Dartmouth, N.S.  CanadaJanuary, 2008
Colette Armao, Citrus Heights, CA  USAJanuary, 2008
Kim Dunn, Hooksett, NH  USAJanuary, 2008
Saul Moss, Vancouver, B.C.  CanadaJanuary, 2008
Tim McCaffrey, Pawtucket, RI  USAJanuary, 2008
Bobi Watson, Wildwood Crest, NJ  USAJanuary, 2008
Kristi Huggins, Shelton, WA  USAJanuary, 2008
Lori & Glen Claubaugh, El Cajon, CA  USAJanuary, 2008
Roger D. Nelson, Princeton, NJ  USAJanuary, 2008
Sandra Peterson, Rib Lake, WI  USAJanuary, 2008
Rev. Byron W. Kaiser, Hammond, IN  USAJanuary, 2008
Sarah Stein, LaVergne, TN  USAJanuary, 2008
Matthew & Karen Searle, Manly West, Queensland  AustraliaJanuary, 2008
Anthony Sharp, Cannes  FranceJanuary, 2008
Lyndse Rae Faba, Ravenna, OH  USAJanuary, 2008
David Spenser, Onchan, Isle of ManJanuary, 2008
Stan Emerson, Brampton, Ont.  CanadaJanuary, 2008
David A. Justice, MD, Sumter, SC  USAJanuary, 2008

Mike Skadeland, Chicago, IL  USA

December, 2007
MaryAine Cherry, Arroyo Grande, CA  USANovember, 2007
Matthew Simmermon-Gomes, Ottawa, Ont.  CanadaNovember, 2007
Christine Cole, Placerville, CA  USAOctober, 2007


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