Friday, July 31, 2009

That which does not kill us makes us stronger, yeah right

Famous philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche stated "That which does not kill us makes us stronger"

But few people realize that he also said "Insanity in individuals is something rare -but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule."

Hmmm--reminds me of the markets, plus a few Hal 2000's--What I don't want to see is that all the blatant greed, billions in bonuses, and other illegal practices that have pervaded the financial markets will somehow just all be blamed on a computer algoorythmn and thus let the guilty off the hook. Unfortunately, what I want seems to have very little effect on the broad world. :-)

And I would beg to differ with the first quote. After watching and living through this horrendous tape which resembles a Bronto head swingly wildly in it's last egotistical thrashes before it realizes it is going to die for sure, I would have to say that which doesn't kill us, sometimes just beats the shit out of us.

And to Fujisan's Point about FX being less emotionally involving, he writes "Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies."

And for perma-bears, you may wish to consider "And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

But Nietzche is complex--The quote below seems to contradict his most famous saying at the top-- "Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than by those one has had."

And since we are on the subject, not that I am much of a Marx fan, but here---

Karl "I am not a Marxist" Marx stated "For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him.", and good lord, Marx was wrong about a bunch of things IMHO, and let's hope he was wrong about his saying "Democracy is the road to socialism."

We are at a crossroads, in the end we shall be judged not by what we think, but by what we do.

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