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Survival of the fittest?

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 24 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1090

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5)

Society is hypocritical. It preaches civility and courtesy, but praises aggression
and audacity. We mock Caspar Milquetoast, but emulate Rambo and the
Terminator. As children, we learn that bullies control the playground, and as
adults, we learn that dictators and tyrants control the world. If we want to live
a more civilized world, we must reject bluster and bravado, and instead learn
respect and appreciate the meek. To quote Swami Sivananda, "Meekness is not

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01 March 2010
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA