Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Is Pain Rewarded?
Falkenblog makes the case that the pain of taking risk is unrewarded in life, that risk taking is some kind of evolutionary inadaptation, unsuited for investors. Not only that, but positively harmful.
I put this idea in the context of the passionate debates we used to maintain in the ken (Zionist Youth Club) in Buenos Aires, if an artist, in order to create, has to suffer. We agreed that it was rather improbable that a happy, well fed, comfortable, non-neurotic artist - writer, painter, etc. - could produce something that would touch us deep in the soul. The artist had to be suffering, bleeding, feeling more deeply than the common run of humanity.
Later I grew out of this idea, and find no connection between the pain felt by the artist and the quality of his art. Now Falken is saying that also risk is useless. We may conclude that there is no justice on this Earth. Pic. Frida Kahlo.