Pulling in Readers, Ferociously

Venkatesh Rao’s essay Gradatim Ferociter opens with this magnetic paragraph:
One of my favorite phrases is gradatim ferociter, the motto of Blue Origin. It means “step by step, ferociously.” The phrase helped me figure out why, despite really liking Nassim Taleb’s idea of antifragility, I’ve always found it kinda depressing. The idea seems to miss a major point: growth and innovation are processes that involve necessary fragility in proportion to how fast you want to move …
Every sentence is interesting. It fires a question in my mind and then answers it.
One of my favorite phrases is gradatim ferociter
What does “gradatim ferociter” mean?
It means “step by step, ferociously.”
Why is it one of your favourite phrases?
The phrase helped me figure out why, despite really liking Nassim Taleb’s idea of antifragility, I’ve always found it kinda depressing.
Depressing? Why?
The idea seems to miss a major point:
What does it miss?
growth and innovation are processes that involve necessary fragility in proportion to how fast you want to move
Venkat has given my reading the momentum needed to read the whole thing. Every sentence has an impetus that’s hard to resist.

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