We all exist and grow in our subjective relations to people and things: the significant objects in our lives. But what kind of object is a financial market? Composed of anonymous contributions, it is compounded of decisions themselves based in feeling and thought. We relate to it as we do to a large group or organization.

We chart the markets daily. We hitch our finances to its mercurial course. We become excited by our own schemes for “beating” the market- as if they were Aladdin’s Lamp, becoming excited by our own enthusiasms, and too frequently winding up with Pandora’s Box.

Mostly, our desire to take “from” the market powers our enthusiasms: we want to remain attuned, to know it, as if to anticipate its capacities to give its bounties, as well as to avoid its ability to hurt and punish. Here, we imagine the market as an inconsistent parent.

The market is an electric, moving constant:  traceable on our monitors as its traces are felt in our pockets. Even turning from it, we are aware that its actions continue as dramatic and powerful influences.

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