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Supporting the next generation

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2681 (Published 12 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2681

Past, Present, and Future


Life is full of unfinished business. We're all burdened with a backlog of unsolved mystery and unresolved history. How do we balance this backlog with the pressures of the present? We should peruse the past, in order to prepare ourselves for projecting the present into the future. But sadly, we're never finished with the past, and must live with it forever.
 To quote Kierkegaard, "Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards."

Competing interests: No competing interests

13 May 2016
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA