A creed for a new conservative party

Hippocratic Oath

Editor’s Note: These opinions are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect our efforts to build the new conservative party. With that said, these ideas are very cognizant of America’s needs.

Imagine a world where everyone followed the creed, “Do no harm.” As a society we seem to ignore the morality and ethics required to have a good society. Our answer to society’s ills is to create more laws and regulations, rather than look for ways to help people govern themselves. James Madison said, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” Of course men are not angels, and so government is necessary. I would just like to suggest that we should strive to be more like angels, so that a smaller, less intrusive government would be required.

It seems that sometimes when we see evil, we attempt to stamp it out with evil, and then we end up with even more evil – aka Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. In society today, if we see another society doing evil, we think that the best solution is to drop a bunch of bombs on them to make sure they “do good” in the future. Have you ever seen someone coerced into doing something good? Does that person stay changed forever? Or, do they resent the coercion and return to their ways with a vengeance?

As a nation we are in need of a policy. I believe that policy is, “Do no harm.” No, I didn’t come up with it! “First, do no harm,” in Latin is read, “Primum non nocere.” It comes from the Hippocratic Oath which historically is taken by physicians. Below are three versions of this oath, the original version translated into English, the modern-day version, and my version for freedom.

Original Version

I swear by Apollo, the healer, Asclepius, Hygieia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment, the following Oath and agreement:

To consider dear to me, as my parents, him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and, if necessary, to share my goods with him; To look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art; and that by my teaching, I will impart a knowledge of this art to my own sons, and to my teacher’s sons, and to disciples bound by an indenture and oath according to the medical laws, and no others.

I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.

I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.

But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts.

I will not cut for stone, even for patients in whom the disease is manifest; I will leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art.

In every house where I come I will enter only for the good of my patients, keeping myself far from all intentional ill-doing and all seduction and especially from the pleasures of love with women or with men, be they free or slaves.

All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or in daily commerce with men, which ought not to be spread abroad, I will keep secret and will never reveal.

If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practice my art, respected by all humanity and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my life.

Modern Day Version

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

I will not be ashamed to say “I know not”, nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given to me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, be respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

These are high ideals that have lasted centuries. I would like to propose the following Hippocratic Oath for Citizens: The Freedom Version:

Freedom Version

I swear to God to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will do no harm.

I will respect others’ rights to Life, Liberty, and Property.

I will defend the rights of others, even if I do not agree with their perspective.

I will consider dear to me my parents, family, teachers and religious leaders who taught me the virtues of honesty and integrity, and will stand with those who share these virtues.

I will look upon my fellow citizens as my brothers and sisters and treat them with love and respect.

I will follow the Golden Rule, the Ethic of Reciprocity, which states that I will do unto others that which I want others to do to me.

I will use the art of persuasion, not force, to assist others in the cause of freedom and righteousness.

I will look for the good that can be found in every person.

As I keep this oath, may my life be blessed with peace and the love of my fellow citizens.

As a new conservative party is born, let us adopt those principles that will bless our lives, our families’ lives, and the world with freedom. Let’s adopt the creed, “Do no harm!”

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Eric W. Reynolds

Eric W. Reynolds is the author of How to Make Better Choices, available on Amazon.com, iTunes, and Audible.com. He is the founder and President of the George Washington School of Freedom, an organization dedicated to teaching the principles of freedom and the value of the US Constitution. You can learn more here: http://ericwreynolds.tumblr.com/ Eric W. Reynolds earned his MBA from Brigham Young University and serves as the Executive Director for Ability and Choice Services, a community services company devoted to help those with disabilities. His interests include sports, business, reading and writing. Eric and his wife Wendy are the proud parents of 7 children who bring them joy every day.

2 Comments
  1. We already have a creed. It’s set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. It doesn’t need fixing. It needs our support. It needs our following. Let’s not try to reinvent the wheel. Let’s roll with the wheel we already have. Yours in Service to our United States.

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