Why does simplicity have such appeal? Newton strove for utmost simplicity when he observed nature. And he revolutionized science. Einstein spent his life searching for a simple equation that would explain the workings of the universe. It may still be found.
“Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” — Isaac Newton
Henry David Thoreau explored simplicity by stripping his life to the barest minimum. He built a one-room cabin on Walden Pond, surrounded by trees, and lived there for a year, savoring the beauty of simplicity. No distractions, no clutter, no sounds but the rustling of the leaves and the croaking of the frogs.
“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Some women prefer dresses of simple design, and get complimented for their classic look. Chopin strove to create music that is profound yet simple, some artists excel in creating a strong yet simple design.
“Beauty of style, harmony, grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.” — Plato
The appeal of simplicity lies in its clarity. We can understand it. We find no hidden surprises or misleading data, as we might find in an insurance policy that promises coverage on page one, followed by some 37 pages of exclusions and limitations that are rarely read.
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius…and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” — E. F. Schumacher
An acquaintance walked by and said hi, whereupon I responded with a quick how are you and hurried on. But I didn’t get far; she had reached for my arm and started in on a litany of ailments and problems that were besetting her. I’ve avoided that phrase ever since, unless I really mean it.
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
— Albert Einstein
We can hire Organizers today, persons who simplify the clutter that surrounds us. It’s tough to throw out things that once were dear to us—those comfortable shoes, yesterday’s suits and dresses, letters, documents and our children’s toys. We’ve saved it all, for years and years and years. Yet when we need it—should that day ever comes—who can possibly find it? We might as well pass it on to the Goodwill and free our closets of clutter.
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” — William Morris
Leonardo da Vinci sums it up: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Until next time,