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”. 😉