…It was so obvious that Shaiy summarized it in the same breath. He actually believes that all real ideas can be distilled down to a central issue that the majority of people in a field, by dint of specialization and emptysuitedness, completely miss. Everything in religion come down to applications and interpretations of “don’t do unto others what you don’t want them to do to you.” And this was a true distillation, not a Procrustean bed.
Shaiys’s summary was: fragility is what loses from volatility. Everything in life gains or loses from volatility. The glass on the table is short volatility.
I calmly looked at the manuscript with the feeling of calm elation. Every sentence in the book was an application of the short maxim…

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