In personal evaluation, I have come to realize that simplicity is a virtue on all things except humans . . . we lose so much for choosing to be simple. It is important to understand that being prudent is not a choice, it is a must if you want to matter much in life.
However, here is my concern: it seems simple things attain their simplicity because of shrewdness and the extravagant exercise of understanding; a response that many may describe as cruelty.
For example, someone seeks the audience of a ‘person of means’ for help and this person streamlines the entire conversation into two sentences; even before the person in distress begins to tell his or her story. He says, “What exactly is the problem and what do you need from me?” The person in distress is already upset and stressed; first, because it took so much effort to get an audience and secondly because he or she cannot summarize his or her tale in two sentences, he or she would rather tell a story. Thus ‘person of means’ goes about things this way because he can save time, save money and even save people from unnecessary loss and ‘stories that touch the heart’ by determining the value of the request in two simple steps.
You see, simple things of life become difficult because our hearts are generally not inclined to understanding. People generally would like to know things, afterall information is power; but they are not necessarily interested in why things are the way they are so that they can gain a measure of control on things. Instead, they don’t mind ceding control to those who have the interest in digging deeper…and be merely satisfied by the crumbs that fall off the table of real value.
Simple things like understanding oneself, so that one can respond accurately to life; understanding one’s community, so that one can relate more effectively; understanding one’s environment, so that one can efficiently explore it for value; an so on… has become the most difficult task of our days because we really don’t care. When these simple things become big tasks, simple tasks becomes big challenges. Suddenly, other people, not superior in value, become those we have to depend on to get by . . .
When simple things like loving others genuinely and being loved genuinely become a big task, check again, someone is not interested in having understanding of the other person or of other things that matter. Understanding of others [people or things] is the way to live a fruitful life. Indeed, life don’t have to be a big task, it can be simple if we articulate our multi-layered personalities by understanding to simplify them. If we don’t, we will suffer for it.
Lazy people actually do most works eventually; rest is the portion of the diligent. Peace.