I apologize for my absence, but I have been knee-deep in current events. It's hard to believe, but folks are interested in what I have to say.
If circumstances were more positive, however, their interest in my particular opinion would be much smaller. There's a natural human tendency, during more fortunate times, to ascribe one's economic success to skill, rather than to the generalized smiling of an expanding economic pie.
Randomness stymies overreaching.