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The wisdom of Falstaff

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1417 (Published 27 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1417

What is fun?

The Shakespearean character of Falstaff is a tragic-comic embodiment of self-
indulgence in vices. Unfortunately, many people equate such self-indulgence
with fun. This is unfortunate, because most fun is imaginary, harmful, and
expensive. The fun of being tipsy from alcohol, high from marijuana, or sated
from sweets, is flimsy and ephemeral, compared to the lingering and painful
after-effects of addiction. The sad truth is that most fun is hell you enjoy.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

09 January 2009
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA