Regarding volatility

A treatise on the origins of truth (apparently circa 1550-1720, so to speak), concludes that it was seeded in the legal realm… where detail, evidence, and precise semantics are the operating standard.

It was a time when civilization was disrupted: New worlds discovered, new systems explored, new sciences argued, new art forms invented… such a mess.

But at least there was the fact.

And maybe there’s an early pattern forming in this loose association, the attempt at structure and precision when surroundings are unstable. If you look for it, points along this plot line follow, where chaos and just exactly right conclusions correlate…

A soldier in the world war battle trenches and captivity writes his pamphlet on the limits of expression, methodically styled as if software code. (When things quiet down, he retracts it.)
Around that violent time, a memoirist withdraws into a room to write his seven-volume thesis on one long past moment…
And a linguist publishes two giant studies of one day and one night, inventing a new language for the latter because it must be faithful to the dream…
And a reporter seeks to shape a perfect sentence. “One thing well done can make all the difference,” he says, in his book on revolution.

We enter now a period of scientism and data… Perhaps it stands to reason, thus, that mystery and volatility are all around.

(To be continued… in regard to markets.)

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