Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Simplicity in Language
         Complex statements often contain unnecessary symbols, trappings, and complications. Complexity, such as this wording in a think tank op/ed article, can induce stress, frustration, or near-paralysis:
         ‘Second, some might not be inclined to think that earlier administration interpretations should have weight, in any event, at least not any more weight than the current administration’s views should receive, absent evidence that Congress has acquiesced in those prior interpretations.’
         In contrast, simple, concise statements are beautiful in their clarity. Simple language conveys widely acceptable wisdom. Taoist thought, for example, reduces complex concepts and ideas to essences:
         ‘Manifest plainness. Embrace simplicity. Reduce selfishness. Have few desires.’ –Lao-tzu, Tao-te Ching (The Way)

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