some people think they attend the opera for the story

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“Mental clarity is the child of courage, not the other way around. [The biggest error since Socrates has been to believe that lack of clarity is the SOURCE of all our ills, not the result.]

aphorism by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, entry #121 on http://www.fooledbyrandomness.com/notebook.htm via http://www.standaard.be/artikel/detail.aspx?artikelid=F02TFJS3

Bonus: “I have been repeating that once you remove the opiate of religion the masses will ask to be fooled by randomness, & could substitute the far more criminal opiate of nationalism (WW1, WW2 + more) & the even more superstitious (and far less elegant) activity called economics.” (ibid. #53)

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