Sometimes, people who think they are doing the right thing can still end up causing harm to those they are trying to help. I believe this happens because people become set in their ways. I found it hard to imagine how anyone could become so blind to the fact that they are hurting others until I realized it’s the same line of thinking that other scientific researchers can have. For example, scientists can become very attached to a hypothesis they are testing. If later, it is discovered that the hypothesis is incorrect and needs to be modified, the scientist could be hesitant to change it and start over because of this attachment. People want to hold on to their initial ideas for as long as possible because of our desire to be correct and because we don’t want to change. In some extreme cases, this mentality can cause larger problems, such as changing test results to align with predictions. This same mentality can affect people in all professions.
In my future career, regardless of what it is, I will need to remain as open to change as possible. This can be a matter of life or death for medical professionals, but it can also pertain to other careers. As a doctor, sometimes things will go wrong and it will be necessary to deviate from the original plan. This must be done without hesitation to minimize risks. Doctors need to be ready for everything. And they must be open to all forms of change. The patient always must come before your ego. First, do no harm.
I believe it’s important we discuss all past research, no matter how unethical it may be. We need to educate ourselves on the past and learn from our mistakes so we don’t make the same ones in the future. No matter your profession, all of us must know that it is okay, and sometimes necessary, to change our ideas.