[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
December 2015

Doing More vs Doing Good: Aligning Our Ethical Principles From the Personal to the Societal

Author Affiliations
  • 1Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock, Lebanon, New Hampshire
  • 2Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire
  • 3Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, California
  • 4Stanford University College of Medicine, Stanford, California
JAMA Pediatr. 2015;169(12):1085-1086. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.2702

One is apt to think of moral failure as due to weakness of character: more often it is due to an inadequate ideal. We detect in others, and occasionally in ourselves, the want of courage, of industry, of persistence, which leads to defeat. But we do not notice the more subtle and disastrous weakness, that our standards are wrong, that we never learnt what is good.

Richard Winn Livingstone, On Education, 19541