Intended for healthcare professionals


The 2030 sustainable development goal for health

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 26 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5295

The time is out of joint. (Hamlet)

Mankind memorializes time. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. We also commemorate decades, centuries, and millennia. The end of the 19th century is called fin de siecle, and the end of the 20th century is called Y2K. With Y2K, we worried about our computers and expected a messiah. But instead, we got a witches' brew of terrorism, war, corruption, economic depression, and natural disasters. Noetically, poetically, and prophetically, the first two decades of the 21st century have unceremoniously ushered in the pandemonium millennium. Now, more than ever before, time must be realized, not just memorialized.

Competing interests: No competing interests

06 September 2014
Hugh Mann
New York, USA