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Accelerating achievement of the sustainable development goals

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 29 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i409

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 siècle, 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, bankruptcy, 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

29 January 2016
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA