Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Inappropriate blogging*

The revolutionary idea that defines the boundary between modern times and the past is the mastery of risk: the notion that the future is more than a whim of the gods and that men and women are not passive before nature. Until human beings discovered a way across that boundary, the future was a mirror of the past or the murky domain of oracles and southsayers who held a monopoly over knowledge of anticipated events.
--Peter Bernstein. Against the Gods, pg. 1.

*Considering that today is the Jewish new year and I'm neither at services nor refraining from reading books with titles like "Against the Gods."

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