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Death and dying

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5044 (Published 26 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5044

Human Nature & Ambivalence

Human nature is contradictory. We are all burdened with conflicting emotions
about life and death. At any given moment, we can feel positive and negative
emotions, which tear us in different directions. How can we cope with this? We
should accept the limitations of human nature, both in ourselves and others,
but
at the same time, we should also strive to retain control of our behavior.
Ultimately, our lives are determined by our behavior, not by our emotions.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 December 2009
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA