Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Interesting Aphorism from Nassim Taleb

Just read this on Nassim Talebs' Facebook page.  So Profound!!

Let us open a discussion on anger in ancient literature. 
It seems that our version of modernity seems to demonize outrage, sort of sterilize citizens' sense of indignation. The only criticism I am getting about my current approach with econoquacks is that I am "irascible" and should not have outbursts with fraudsters, "be less rude about it". Some moralizing idiots even try to pathologize temperament, for "saying it as it is". Yet ancient literature is nothing but a succession of angry heroes. "Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto".
Is modernity's mission to overdomesticate, castrate, neuter, even lobotomize citizens? Let us compare our values to more ancient ones. -- Nassim Taleb

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