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BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2231 (Published 21 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2231

Prescription for Peace

Aesop’s fable “Androcles and the Lion” tells the story of Androcles, who
removed a thorn from a lion’s paw, and was subsequently rescued by the very
same lion. The moral of this story is that kindness can sometimes turn a
dangerous enemy into a great friend. So let’s not be too quick to hate our
enemies. Instead, let’s treat our enemies as potential friends, by demonstrating
kindness and compassion. It’s more humane to cure your enemies than to kill
them.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

04 November 2008
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA