A better description would be a lifelong student of risk, and why we humans need risk, how we manage it and why we'd be unhappy without it.
In life, it would be kind of boring if there was no risk. On the other hand if there's too much risk, too much uncertainty, too much chaos, we can't handle it either. We simultaneously want order and disorder, simultaneously want risk and quiescence
In life you pay tuition, right? Sometimes you pay too much tuition. Sometimes learning is costly.
Read the whole interview. Link via Greg Mankiw.