Intended for healthcare professionals

Practice Diagnosis in General Practice

Test of time

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 15 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1878

What is time?

Time is a paradox. As children, we long for the future; as adults, we worry
about the future; and as elders, we relinquish the future and relish the past.
But somehow, we never seem to live in the present. Like a tightrope walker
without a net, we are suspended between the past and the future, fearing that
we will fall into a timeless abyss. How can we reclaim the present? Let’s free
ourselves from fear by recognizing that time is not limited or linear, but an
eternal and endless loop, with the past and the future spliced in the present.
Time is the very essence of life.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 June 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA