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The Knower Oath

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Introduction

Hello everyone,

As I said in the monthly article about the blog, I will not talk about technical stuff or privacy concerns. Actually, I will talk about philosophy. Probably the only one article I write here about that. First of all because it is not the main topic of this blog, secondly because Internet never forget.

When I was strolling on Internet, I find a really interesting article from Freetux about the Hippocratic Oath. He transformed and adapted it to the job of system administrator. The oath of Hippocratic is today an ideal that doctors tried to pursuit. There is no law obligation

Today, I will try to do the a similar exercise. Contrary to FreeTux, I will not restrain it to the job of system administrator. I want to open the original scope to them which has knowledge. I choose also to be more faithful to the original version. I choose the version from wikipedia and translated by James Loeb.

The oaths

hippocraticoath

The Hippocratic Oath

I swear by Apollo the Healer, by Asclepius, by Hygieia, by Panacea, and by all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgment, this oath and this indenture.

To hold my teacher in this art equal to my own parents; to make him partner in my livelihood; when he is in need of money to share mine with him; to consider his family as my own brothers, and to teach them this art, if they want to learn it, without fee or indenture; to impart precept, oral instruction, and all other instruction to my own sons, the sons of my teacher, and to indentured pupils who have taken the physician’s oath, but to nobody else.

I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrong-doing. Neither will I administer a poison to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course. Similarly I will not give to a woman a pessary to cause abortion. But I will keep pure and holy both my life and my art. I will not use the knife, not even, verily, on sufferers from stone, but I will give place to such as are craftsmen therein.

Into whatsoever houses I enter, I will enter to help the sick, and I will abstain from all intentional wrong-doing and harm, especially from abusing the bodies of man or woman, bond or free. And whatsoever I shall see or hear in the course of my profession, as well as outside my profession in my intercourse with men, if it be what should not be published abroad, I will never divulge, holding such things to be holy secrets.

Now if I carry out this oath, and break it not, may I gain for ever reputation among all men for my life and for my art; but if I break it and forswear myself, may the opposite befall me.

The Knower Oath

I swear by Socrate the philosopher, by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, by Alan Mathison Turing, by Aaron Hillel Swartz, and by all the men and women, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to ability and judgment, this oath and this indenture.

To hold my teachers in this art equal to my own parents; to make them partner in my livelihood; when they are in need of knowledge to share mine with them; to consider their family as my own family, and to teach them this art, if they want to learn it, without fee or indenture; to impart precept, oral instruction, and all other instruction to my own sons, the sons of the world, and to indentured pupils who have taken the knowledge’s oath, but to nobody else.

I will use my knowledge to solve issues according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to make prejudice and wrong-doing. Neither will I hide truth to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course. Similarly I will not give to a people an advice to cause issues. But I will keep trust and clear both my life and my art. I will not use my knowledge, not even, verily, on sufferers from stone, but I will give place to such as are craftsmen therein.

Into whatsoever world I enter, real or digital, I will enter to help and share my knowledge, and I will abstain from all intentional wrong-doing and harm, especially from abusing the mind of man or woman, knower or ignorant. And whatsoever I shall see or hear in the course of my profession, as well as outside my profession in my intercourse with person, if it be what should not be published abroad, I will never divulge, holding such things to be holy secrets.

Now if I carry out this oath, and break it not, may I gain for ever reputation among all men for my life and for my art; but if I break it and forswear myself, may the opposite befall me.

Conclusion

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