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Storing up problems for the future

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1332 (Published 16 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1332

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 we must live with it forever.
 To quote Soren Kierkegaard, "Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards."

Competing interests: No competing interests

22 March 2017
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA