By: Zy Marquiez
January 17, 2016
“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”
– Leonardo Da Vinci
“If you can’t explain it simple enough, you can’t understand it well enough.”
– Albert Einstein
Upon musing a bit about the term ‘simplicity’ it occurred to me to search for the term “Law of Simplicity”. There were many tips on simplifying everything, and countless permutations of the idea in various ways, but no actual law [that was apparent to me] that could be easily shared. If anyone finds a solid ‘simple’ [pun intended] then please share it with us, as its pertinent to the focus of this blog.
Let’s get to the core of the issue: simplicity.
Two definitions according to dictionary.com are:
“the state, quality, or an instance of being simple.”
“freedom from complexity, intricacy, or division into parts.”
Pretty straight forward, right?
For our purposes we will distil it one step further for the purposes of this blog and say: to keep things as simple and as practical as possible. Simple.
You must be asking yourself, why are we even talking about this topic? Great question.
Because depending on what point of view one uses, and in this case we’ll use a detached-macro point of view of society as a whole, then it’s pretty obvious people tend to complicate their lives way more than they should.
These complications seep into every aspect of an individual’s life, and end up taxing them in countless way.
Are people even cognizant of it? Some definitely are; however, many are not.
Here are what some incisive minds have stated about keeping things simple:
“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity”
“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
– Coco Chanel
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”
– Paramahansa Yoganda
– Simplicity will stand out, while complexity will get lost in the crowd.”
– Kevin Barnett
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
– Hans Hoffman
“The greatest ideas are the simplest.”
– William Golding
– “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
– Albert Einstein
“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”
– Bruce Lee
Its quite noteworthy that such individuals engaged in this particular thought process. It alludes to the importance of this topic.
Keeping the above insights in mind, what are some aspects of life that people tend to complicate?
Relationships, food, health, politics, etc.
Relationships? That should be an obvious one, and one everyone can relate too. Let’s distill this in its most simplest form.
If someone – be it a lover, friend, acquaintance, etc – in a relationship treats you like trash, all the time, or heck, most of the time, then they’re probably definitely not worth your time/energy. Bam. Simple. No excuses. Once you start justifying the erroneous actions of others as righteous [for whatever] reason, or giving them excuses, when it’s obvious they just don’t truly care [if they did, they wouldn’t be treating you like crap, all the time], you’re doing yourself a world of disservice.
It doesn’t matter if they are family or not. In fact, family members in many situations get away with everything AND the kitchen sink because they are family. Remember, putting up with their bullshit is a choice. No excuses. Keep it as simple as you wish, or as complicated.
Next on the menu, food.
Food? Why food? Because eating things that are a poor excuse for food, only makes things complicated.
If you don’t believe me, look at the epidemic of diseases that’s rampant costing hundreds of thousands of lives due to many reasons, a strong one being food. Why food? Because much of food is laden with toxins such as fluoride, aspartame, GMOs, etc. Each of those by itself can cause diseases. When taken in combination, which most people do, it’s a toxic free for all and your health is on the menu.
How to simplify this? Easy. Eat the best, most healthy food that you can. Nourish your body with that which empowers it.
Health being the most vital component in life, let’s elaborate further to be more precise.
Researching Non-Genetically modified, organic, locally grown [if possible] pesticide free food is a good great start. Making sure you drink fluoride-free water is even better.
Many can attest to the wonders of having real, nutrient-dense food like our ancestors did. A great book that talks about this is The Paleo Approach by Sarah Balantyne. Coupled with that, another outstanding book to keep in mind is Gut & Psychology Syndrome, by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD. The latter book touches on the intricate complexities of the human gut system, and how that fuels disease when your microbiota has been eviscerated by processed foods.
Why is ‘going out of your way’ [as some people argue] to eat real food worth it? Because not doing it is costing millions of lives. Sugar alone, which most people have in processed foods, fuels cancer like liquors fuel parties on the weekends. It’s insane how many people don’t know the inflammatory effects of sugar. That’s only one aspect of food that causes death. There are many more ingredients beyond sugar that should be incisively contemplated.
Unfortunately, sugar has been linked to countless other diseases.
As a wise person once said, you pay for your health now with real food, or you pay for it later with disease, money and life.
Next on the list, is health.
One might be prompted to think , ‘Didn’t we just cover health?’ From the food angle, yes. From other angles, no.
Food already dovetails quite well into health. That’s only a start. Let’s buttress the above with another point.
As said mentioned elsewhere:
If the average person spends 5-hours daily watching television, then they are probably sitting too much. Sitting too much has dire consequences for one’s health, as some of you may know.
In his article named Watching Too Much TV Linked To Early Death, Dr. Mercola elucidates best:
” If you watch television for three or more hours a day, your risk of premature death is double that of someone who watches only one hour or less, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.1 The health risks of too much sedentary behavior, including too much sitting, are now widely known.” [Bold emphasis added]
If you want more information about that, please read Dr Mercola’s article cited above. It’s quite detailed and thought-provoking, if sobering.
The above information should be enough to make people contemplate deeply about the health choices they are making. Keep in mind, we’re only talking about sitting and watching TV.
Solution? Stay active. No complicated suggestions here. Just do anything that gets you moving, and bam, you’re health is better than it was if you’re remaining stagnant.
Boy oh boy, where can’t we go here?
In interest of simplicity, let’s synthesize this to the most simplest form.
If a scoundrel politician – regardless of whatever party they are from – lies, they shouldn’t be trusted. If they are caught being bought-off by special interest, they shouldn’t be trusted. And of course, if they are caught stealing, they should not be trusted. No exceptions. What’s so hard about that?
Blind trust of those that throw y/our interests under the bus, each and every day is exactly how we got here in the first place.
When people are not held accountable, they will unleash crimes of godlike proportions. Just look at Wall Maul Street.
In a quick synopsis:
If someone treats you poorly, let them go. Eat real non-GMO organic healthy foods like our ancestors did, if not your life/health will become exponentially complicated. Quit sitting so much while watching TV & don’t trust lying crooks. Solid advice, right?
To finalize, within the confines of this blog, ‘the law of simplicity’ will be used to denote instances where we will be making issues as simple as possible for the individual. In such a way, life will be much easier to navigate through, and things that used to be chaotic will literally crumble right before your eyes. Many have reaped these rewards. It’s time for everyone else to do so as well.
The only thing left is making the choice.
Make your life as simple as you wish, or as complicated.
The choice is yours.
“Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”
– Isaac Newton
“Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“How many undervalue the power of simplicity! But it is the real key to the heart.”
– William Wordsworth
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