“According to Taleb, not only are Black Swan events difficult to predict, but we human beings have certain psychological limitations and biases that prevent us from foreseeing these events...”
In the midst of any rubble, there will always a gem to be discovered. New like an untouched rarity, these hidden gems continue to shine whether their beauty is acknowledged or not.
The theory originated with the discovery of the first black swan. Prior to 1697, a black swan had never been seen by anyone in Western civilization and therefore never knew they existed. When discovered in Australia, their previously held belief was proven wrong and also raised the question of the accuracy of our knowledge and the conclusions we draw based on it.
Excluding Taleb’s belief of ‘certain psychological limitations‘ I agree with developed biases that inhibit us from conceiving infinite possibilities. One being the media for example, which has skewed our perception of favela life by only painting a tiny picture. Undoubtedly, the widely famous film City of God also aided in what we believe to be an understanding of the favelas. However, life here is much more.
The Latin word rara avis--meaning ‘rare birds’--is perhaps the best word to describe these girls who gracefully practice ballet in the favelas. Rare, not only in that they practice this classical dance form in the favela, but also in a country whose cultural nucleus consists of other pursuits: futebol, capoeira and samba, just to name a few.
Despite the circumstances, these ladies remain positive and poised.