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Labour promises bold action on five “giants of modern living”

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 07 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4462

A Taste of Honey

Life is like our taste buds. Our tongue has taste buds for sweetness, saltiness, sourness, and bitterness. Likewise, life has the sweetness of success, the saltiness of humor, the sourness of disappointment, and the bitterness of failure. In order to temper our craving for the addictive pleasure of sweetness (success) and saltiness (humor), we must accept the counterbalancing displeasure of sourness (disappointment) and bitterness (failure).
 Sadly, a balanced palate is a rare talent.

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 July 2014
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO, USA