Hippocrates said “do no harm” – how the fuck is it acceptable – or when the fuck did it become acceptable – for not being less than zero being treated as the standard?
Chris Rock has a really good stand-up line where a father says “some shit like, ‘I take care of my kids.’ You’re supposed to, you dumb motherfucker! What kind of ignorant shit is that? ‘I ain’t never been to jail!’ What do you want, a cookie?! You’re not supposed to go to jail, you low-expectation-having motherfucker!”
That’s what the world feels like – we aren’t so much concerned about doing good, but about not doing harm. Privacy or “keeping boundaries” for the sake of not doing harm, instead of recognizing the potential for good that risk can do.
I teach students who are victims of “do no harm,” who have thought about killing themselves because of the loneliness created by “do no harm.” I am a victim of “do no harm.” Trust me, it does a fuck-load of harm…