Antifragile

Wind extinguishes a candle and energies fire.  Likewise with randomness, uncertainty, chaos, you want to use them, not hide from them.  You want to be the fire and wish for the wind.  This summarizes this author’s nonmeek attitude to randomness and uncertainty.

Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty.  Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile.  Let’s call it antifragile.

Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness.  The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.

~Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder

If that is true, then according to this, my lifetime exposure to volatility (others’ insanity as well as my own), the awareness and acceptance of randomness and the unpredictability of everything, and the disorder that my life has been in, means I must be well on my way to “better”. 😉

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About Casey

“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’ ~ Jack Kerouac, On The Road Again
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