I loved the quote in the title above when I came across it recently on the CNN Channel’s GPS. Too many people want easy-to-understand answers to all the problems around them. So when someone comes along and tells them that the solution to gross wealth inequity is to build a wall around the country they jump on board. When someone tells them that the answer to terrorism is to ban all Muslims and deport those citizens who don’t take a loyalty test They say “yeah, yeah”. In my mind the people who do that are just too lazy to take the time to understand the complexity of the issues. “Get rid of immigrants and all the jobs will come back.” “Ban Muslims and there will be no terrorists in the good ole USA”. HELL YEAH!!!
I have made it known several time on this blog recently that simplicity is one of my current goals in life. To lead a simple life free of stuff is the central part of it. But there is a difference between trying to simplify your life and thinking everything has simple answers. There are unknown connections between many things in life that make “simple” answers almost impossible.
A long time ago on PBS there was a series called Connections hosted by David Suzuki. It showed how many diverse things were connected in this world. It seems that almost everything interrelates with everything else. Nothing is isolated onto itself. The answer to wealth opportunity inequity requires serious contemplations and attacks. A big part of it is simply perception.
- Too many people are wrongly convinced that they don’t have a chance in this world so they think and act (or maybe don’t act) accordingly.
- Too many people think that they are unable to learn so they don’t even try. The slog along in high school and then expect a high paying job when they get out.
- Too many people don’t take the time to “think” and ponder the issues to find the most viable solution. They are convinced that if they can’t find a job where they are or with their current training then there is nothing else they can do.
- Too many people are just too lazy or have such low self-esteem to believe that they can do something about their circumstances in life. They want simple answers and easy options.
The appeal of simplicity in a complex world is enticing indeed…
2 thoughts on “The Appeal of Simplicity In A Complex World..”
I believe one of the the most important things we can do is to continually strive to learn – to openly expose ourselves to new and different ideas and circumstances, to develop new skills, and refine old ones. It is a mindset, one that fosters critical thinking and opens the doors of possibility and opportunity. The alternative is to become set in our ways, hardened in our opinions and to lose perspective.
Of course I completely agree Mark. That is the point of this post. Maybe this is a mindset that needs to be learned rather than being innate in each of us. I know it needs to be nourished daily to keep it active.
As I always say “Change is your friend. Don’t be afraid of it but instead cherish it..”