Anger is the weed, hate is the tree

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7508.111-b (Published 07 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:111
  1. Herbert H Nehrlich, private practitioner (drhhnehrlich{at}westnet.com.au)
  1. Bribie Island, QLD 4507, Australia

    EDITOR—I understand what mountain the new wind is blowing from on reading the editorial by Davies and Delamothe on rooting out weeds in bmj.com's rapid response garden.1 It will be interesting to observe the smoke coming from placid chimneys and billowing in different directions. Weeds are not candles in the wind.

    What is a weed, however? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered? A flower in disguise? An unloved flower?

    Greater minds than can be paid for by the BMJ have not been able to separate the weeds from the flowers.

    Personally, I find some of the weeds on bmj.com very interesting and, to me, a garden without weeds is like a church without sinners.

    In closing, may I remind our brave editors that weeds tend to grow in any soil, a characteristic conducive to genetic superiority through the abundance of available nutrients.


    • Competing interests None declared.


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