The Simple Stick Mantra
“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself” — Albert Einstein,who when looked at in essence, maintained a simple lifestyle and state of mind despite all the complex formulas and theories that he came up with during his lifetime.
Most people assume that the path to enlightenment and wisdom often entails complexity in our daily activities and interactions, when in reality, complexity only often ends up… Complicating issues (Yes! I said it)
There are various reasons why individuals often embrace complexity over simplicity, simply because of the “perks” complexity brings with it. One will feel a boost in their self confidence and even perhaps a boost in their ego, simply(trust me, you’ll keep seeing a lot of the expression simple)because, they decided to go round and round in circles over a simple issue. In doing this, they just tire themselves out and often end up losing sight of the idea that has been right in front of them the entire time.
Most of us don’t seem to embrace simplicity our lives for various reasons. To us, simplicity often seems “too” obvious and naive thus giving the impression that the simple option is not strong enough as a route and it can be easily countered by complexity, sigh.
We often assume that simplicity is common when the truth of the matter is that it is very rare and hard to find.
Simplicity is generally exclusive whereas complexity is all inclusive
Despite knowing this, finding one’s simple stick is never easy and one has to go through different experiences in order to discover that niche that activates it. Discovering your simple stick is just like finding a new hobby that you are trying to get better at, for example, learning to use a new musical instrument.
The process will recurrently cause neuro plasticity which helps the the brain reorganize itself by forming new neural connections, basically becoming one with the simple aspect in everything(weird, right?)
Anyway, say you are selling an Idea to somebody, from the offset we will assume that the want to be hit with the complex stick, all those ideas, theories and principles learnt from many years spent studying, cramming and learning. However, what most people do not know is that this may not be it, it is actually simpler than that! That’s why most people normally end up getting disappointed after such situations.
The assumption is that the person who you are selling the idea to needs something complex when they just want something simple, easy to relate to and understood. Not all that familiar banter!
Don Miguel Ruiz’s reasoning when he wrote the book ‘the four agreements’ was that, “If others tell us something we make assumptions, and if they don’t tell us something we make assumptions to fulfill our need to know and to replace the need to communicate. Even if we hear something and we don’t understand we make assumptions about what it means and then believe the assumptions. We make all sorts of assumptions because we don’t have the courage to ask questions.”
Assumptions always complicate issues, that’s why it is important to always, Keep It Simple Stupid!