Too much time to spare? Is your submitted algorithm job for a trading strategy taking too long to finish?
> I find it interesting that in the eastern
> religions, sages, upon reaching enlightenment,
> mostly seem to retract into the mountains
> and become hermits. Maybe they're onto something ...
Yes, they were definitely onto something. I am glad you discovered it by yourself
+1 for the most original and vainglorious (in a nice way?) answer.
Never at a loss for words, are we?
I liked your thoughts on this topic, the best of all.
I come from an "eastern religion" background so my usual response is to go and flip some hoary old texts. I found this:
Paritranaya sadhunam, vinashaya cha dushkritam |
Dharma sansthapanarthaya, sambhavami yuge yuge ||
(The Bhagavad Gita)
For the up-liftment of the good and virtuous,
For the destruction of evil |
For the re-establishment of the natural law,
I will return in every age ||
A secular interpretation of that verse, without violating the overall meaning is that "when there is an imbalance, the Universe will send out an appropriate mechanism to balance it".
According to vedas (watch Carl Sagan's "cosmos" for a discussion on their validity and authenticity), humanity is meant to go on for a long time (I am skipping the details). One of the things the vedic texts also elaborate is that the age of abundance is definitely not going to be there (I am skipping the details) -- moving forward. Overall, with the onset of peak oil, desertification, deforestation, la ninas and el ninos, AGW (climate change), resource depletion, and all other human generated excesses, I can see that the texts got our future trajectory right a looooooooooooooong time ago.