Greetings Brethren from the Station of Strength,
While brushing up on my financial literacy, I recently found equilibrium in Howard Marks’ The Most Important Thing Illuminated (Columbia University Press, 2013). In it, Marks expands upon an epiphany concerning contrarianism, “skepticism and pessimism aren’t synonymous. Skepticism calls for pessimism when optimism is excessive. But it also calls for optimism when pessimism is excessive.” How often in Masonic teaching are we reminded of the balance of competing forces and the importance of centrality? I believe this essential at maintaining a truly open mind at finding areas of opportunity within and without ourselves and in our own natural available universe. Marks applies his insights to the financial market and reminds the reader to remain steadfast and focused during extremes but the moral is far-flung.
Through Masonic teaching we realize that the deepest truths can be revealed through the study of nature and the symbolism therein contained but equally important is the mention of balancing forces; attraction and repulsion which are antagonistic but not hostile to each other and which results harmonious balance. Going even further, these perpetual forces of nature host the divine exercise to develop talent, upon which arouses the utmost exertion of human genius.
“The less prudence with which others conduct their affairs, the greater the prudence with which we should conduct our own affairs.” ~Warren Buffett
Or in other words, be contrarian.