The Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) is a rare bird, of Australian origin, which takes its name from the colour of its plumage. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a financial analyst and former Wall Street trader, in his book, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, (Random House, New York, 2007) chose this metaphor to explain the existence of unexpected, catastrophic events that could turn collective life upside down.
The most terrible figure of the calamitous 14th century was perhaps Timur, a ferocious and implacable conqueror, called “The Terror of the World”. He devastated Asia from Syria and Turkey, even reaching the borders of China, from Moscow to Delhi. He came from a Turkish-Mongolian tribe in Uzbekistan and proclaimed himself heir and continuer of Genghis Khan. He is buried at Samarkand, the capital of his empire, on the Silk Road, the ancient commercial route, connecting China to the Mediterranean.
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St. Charles Borromeo (1538-1584), Cardinal of the Holy Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop of Milan from 1565 to 1583, was described in the decree for his canonization, as “a man, even while the world smiles on him with the utmost flattery, he lives crucified to the world, spiritually, trampling earthly things, seeking continuously the things of heaven, emulating the life of the Angels on earth, in his thoughts and actions. (Paolo V, Bolla « Unigenitus » del 1 Nov. 1610).