Thursday, June 30, 2022

Seer Wanted Experience Necessary

Waren Buffett (photo: US International Trade Administration)

You may have had the experience of being in the presence of a self-proclaimed soothsayer or prophet. Sometimes the persona is merely a presumption of wisdom. The comportment of the palm reader who bears the weight of the future on their shoulders (or your hands) is what gives them credibility. People gravitate to the Sage of Omaha, not only because of his calls, but on the basis of his rumpled manner and proficiency as a pundit. Buffett famously said, “Derivatives are like sex. It’s not who we’re sleeping with, its’s who they’re sleeping with that’s the problem.” Was there a Cassandra of the current Mad Max post-apocalyptic Middle Ages in which humanity is currently finding itself. QAnon’s “deep state” might have anointed Alex Jones. The problem with mysticism as that anyone can claim to represent a Second Coming. J. Michael Luttig, former Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, testified at the January 6th hearing that the United States came close to a “revolution within a constitutional crisis.” At that fateful moment it was hard to grasp what was happening. Now afterwards it’s equally difficult to assimilate. The annihilation of Ukraine, the recent flooding of Yellowstone National Park—the advent of Trump and Covid all are biblical in scope and somehow only understandable in some kind of transcendent context that requires a resident prophet.

read "Pornosophy: Addicted to Love" by Francis Levy, HuffPost

listen to "What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers (yes!)


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