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BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 15 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1310

Necessity is the mother of invention (Plato)

Creativity cures crisis. So let's be visionaries and missionaries, who value creativity and view crises as painful, but productive, prerequisites and preludes to progress and success. Intimidating but stimulating, and aggravating but animating, our copious social, political, financial, and scientific crises are cris de coeur for creativity and vivid, viable overtures to invention. Innovation deserves a standing ovation.

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 March 2017
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA