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When necessity becomes opportunity

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 24 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3915

Necessity is the mother of invention (Plato’s Republic)

Most inventions are created just in the nick of time, thus proving that necessity is the mother of invention. Without the pressure of necessity, we don’t feel motivated to be creative in the first place. So we should try to accept, and even welcome, the pressure of necessity as a prerequisite to creativity and progress.

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02 October 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA