Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Plainness
         Decoration and embellishment conceal truth, and obscure reality with superficiality. There is an austere beauty in the simplicity of plainness and the ordinary. Plainness does not concern itself with concealing flaws or imperfections. It is simply an external manifestation.
         Short, simple, pure things are more comfortably understood and assimilated than long, complicated mixtures. Complex policies, programs, conditions, qualifications, plans and expectations can be incomprehensible. ‘Fine print’ can be mystical, frustrating, and intentionally misleading.

         Many people participate in fads or alter their appearance. They seek attention, acceptance, or relevance. A flamboyant person insists, ‘This is who I am.’
         Others prefer understated, unassuming, and minimalist attire and possessions, suggesting a well-integrated personality. They are concise and economical in communication; their meaning is conveyed through prosaic, literal, explicit speech and writing. Their intentional plainness avoids the spotlight. Appearing ordinary or unremarkable permits their freedom from scrutiny, allowing independence, and concentration on issues important to them.

         Your plainness is acceptance of who you are. There is no need to present an artificial image—you are genuine and unpretentious.
         ‘Manifest plainness. Embrace simplicity. Reduce selfishness. Have few desires.’ –Lao-tzu, Tao-te Ching