Wow. I love your posts. This one took my breath away. You have such an amazing ability to convey the importance of simplifying for spiritual and life-fulfilling reasons, as well as for the practical ones. Every time I open an email update from you I end up wanting to ask if you can be my mentor by the end of the update!
In ecommerce it's a similar story. In an attempt to differentiate ourselves from competitors, there's a constant pressure from the business to add features (complexity). It's a conundrum for UX folks who want to simplify the experience at the same time they're pressured to expand the feature set. The business views the additional features/interactions as potential revenue enhancers and it's difficult to prove causation vs correlation one way or the other.
Everyone wants stuff that's simple to use, yet simplicity can be very elusive. To find ways to streamline and simplify, it helps to take a look at a project's framework; controlling the expectations and processes makes achieving the desired outcome much easier.
Simplicity to me in a more philosphical note is always going with a obvioud notion instead of just going with a complex exsperimental one, simplicity is better like going in with a gut instinct with what you know for a fact will work. if it takes hunderds of man hours tonnes of brick and morter and decades worth of exsperiance to tunnel into a banks vualt and rob it blind that is only complexifying and adding to the share task its very self simplyfing its making the job and more understandable approach if you could go passed all that fancy security armed gaurds and top ranks security procol in a home made disguise with a handicraft ID and walk in and out unoticed using a fake deliberatly failed aproach to rob and bank and get released as one of the hostages whilest disugiusing the cash itself in shopping bags. would be so simple it would be to rock the very foundations of the high lengths socioty goes to to protect. of course this is purley hyperthetical and pure fantcy but meant metorphorically.
“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but to so love wisdom as to live according to its dictates a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.”
The psychologist, Carl Rogers, noted that people are often unhappy because of the lack of congruence in their lives which is another way of saying complexity blinds us to the simplicity of life. For Rogers, simply sitting with a patient and having them talk through their problems, without the therapist leading them of making judgments or giving advice, was the best way for them to solve their problem.
Great reminders. The meaning of life is just to be alive and aware in the present moment. It’s so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, so many of us continuously rush around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond ourselves in another time and place.
This post is very helpful. It reminds me of what George Santayana had once said: The spirit’s foe in man has not been simplicity, but sophistication. Thank you for posting. I just purchased your book and look forward to reading it.
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