Embracing the Unexpected — The Ancient Art of Conceiving Systemic Risk

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Woe was Heraclitus. Such was the weight of the world on the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher’s shoulders that he left this world known simply as the “weeping philosopher.” In his mind, life was not for those with the capacity to contemplate its meaning. Rather, life was lived fully by the innocent alone. In his words, no doubt misconstrued since he took his last breath in 475 BC, “Lifetime is a child at play, moving pieces in a game. Kingship belongs to the child.” As for those with designs on defying the odds, Heraclitus counseled that, “Everything flows, and nothing abides.” The beauty of paradox is that investigation lays bare the naivete of staunch doubters.

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Danielle DiMartino Booth is CEO and Director of Intelligence at Quill Intelligence LLC

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