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Friday, June 4, 2010

The Scum Also Rises

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“It will fluctuate.” [emphasis added]
— J.P Morgan, when asked what the stock market will do
“The fundamental change in nature is fluctuation.”
— TheBigHenry
Why do bad things happen to good people? God-fearing people say it is because God works in mysterious ways. Perhaps. Perhaps it just depends on what your definition of "good" and "bad" is. Perhaps it just "is what it is". I prefer to leave such lofty inquiries to the mental exertions of the philosophers. For me, such inquiries  represent an unfailing prescription for a migraine headache.

Helen Thomas and friend

Consider humanity as a statistical collection of more than 6 billion imperfect individuals, partially constrained by the collective knowledge accumulated over the ages, largely motivated by inherited and cultivated traits, and basically driven, as all things are, by the Second Law of thermodynamics. Although anything can happen within such a statistical mix, one thing is extremely unlikely — long-term monotonic change. In a statistical sample of such size and diversity, there will be major fluctuations. Some fluctuations will be very bad indeed.

In the current cycle between global good and global evil, the scum of the earth is in ascendance.

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