Having spent some time on worry, I’m going to do a series, of indeterminate length, on Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Fooled by Randomness.

I’ve written about Taleb before, but I want to talk about Fooled by Randomness now, because, counterintuitively, randomness1 helps me with my worry. Understanding that most things are outside our control, and accepting this fact, permits more peace after a decision is made or as life happens to us. We do the best we can and then let go, standing ready to deal with what comes next.

Stay tuned.

  1. More on this later, but since I believe in God, me saying randomness is not strictly accurate. The lack of personal control inherent in God’s will or in random chance makes this a distinction without a difference. ↩︎