I shall go further and say that even if an examination of the past could lead to any valid prediction concerning man's future that prediction would be the contrary of reassuring.
When I work alone it can be like dabbling with a canvas. Maybe you paint over bits and it starts to form its own life and lead you off in a direction. It becomes an intuitive subconscious process.
I also learned to be more confident to trust my instincts more.
But the wicked passions of men's hearts alone seem strong enough to leave...