When I started this thread I though that things would be straightforward, but no...
The first idea is not to start fights, or wars. The second idea is, to paraphrase an old expression, do as little harm as possible.
There is a story in the myths of a Tai Chi master who was widely respected, but was thought to be dangerous by some political types. These politicos hired 12 of the best, from among the different martial arts schools, to waylay the master and do away with him.
The Tai Chi master was walking home on a Thursday evening when the 12 set upon him with all the strenghth and skill that they had.
'Round and 'round they went, left, right, up, and down through fields, and woods and streams, until finally, three days later, they were back where they started, and there were 12 totally exhausted, but completely unhurt men on the ground.
The master shook the dust from his clothes, and walked calmly to a tree near his home. He climbed it and slept.
On Monday morning he arrived home to find that he had 12 new students.
I think of this master's actions as something to aim for: Do No Harm.
[This message has been edited by DavidJ (edited 03-05-2001).]