My role modelBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7148.1913 (Published 20 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1913
- Liam Farrell, general practitioner
- Crossmaglen, County Armagh
We are none of us saints, and a veneer of sophistication and restraint is all that lies between us and the unbridled satiation of our most venal appetites and our most primitive drives; to eat, to survive, to have sex, to reproduce, to ensure the perpetuation of our own genes. Fighting, drinking, gambling, wanton pillage; morality is ephemeral and in another cultural milieu these activities might be looked on with undiluted admiration. Being nice to each other is just a current fad, and under the skin we are red in tooth and claw and other more sensitive body parts.
One of the …