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Secular and Saecula

[ by Charles Cameron — avoiding a tough piece of necessary writing by dealing with something simpler that conveniently fell into my hand ]

Why do I bother?

Well, you know Nassim Nicholas Taleb, he gave us the concept of black swans, very bright guy because he questions, questions, and the answers he gets from reality don’t always match with the expectations routinely offered in answer to the same questions.


Well, Taleb‘s tweet cropped up in my feed within about a minute of Greg McMurry quoting the Oratorian priest Fr David Abernathy‘s tweeting a quotation from St Charbel, which seemed to convey a very similar notion, only expressed in terms of spiritual rather than secular ratios between loss and gain:


I bother because seeing parallelisms and oppositions and taking note of them is one of the prime “moves” in creativity, and I want to be as primed to recognize such parallelisms, particularly when they cross disciplinary boundaries, as readily as possible.

Bonus point because both St Charbel and Nassim Nicholas Taleb are of Lebanese origin.

One Response to “Secular and Saecula”

  1. Grurray Says:

    Charles, you may then appreciate this video to make it a triad,
    Last Friday was the ignominious anniversary of the assassination of Mohamad Chatah. He served as the Finance Minister of Lebanon, ambassador to the US, and more generally as America’s guy in Beirut between the re-normalizing of diplomatic relations in the late 90s and the Syrian War.
    The video is by his blogger/journalist son, Ronnie. It’s a combination of a tribute to the lost promise of the country and to the memory of his fallen father. Typical of Lebanese, seamlessly bundling together the joys and disappointments of both the pater and patria.

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