Simplify

DD Day 038 Week 06 Q1 Thursday, February 8, 2024

When you have been doing something for years, and it has evolved into a complex pile of gear, processes, and expectations, it can become challenging to simplify. Infrequent travelers always bring way too much with them. When you are a performing musician who has been using a very large set of instruments at your home studio and find yourself planning a live performance, by necessity, you have to simplify.

Ah, but how? It very much depends on the context. Backpacking is not the same as car camping. Performing a 30-minute television show in a studio is not the same as a several-hour outdoor gig. Then again, there is the issue of what is the goal, and who else do you have to satisfy in addition to yourself? So, there may be multiple goals and multiple constraints. The more moving parts you attempt to integrate, the greater the chance of disaster. The fewer props you need for any given task, the better because it is certain that some amount of adapting, adjusting, and improvising is going to be called for.

It can take more time to learn to do something simple than using the entire kitchen sink. It is more difficult to play slowly than quickly, but if you are prideful about your speed, then you may be reluctant or even unable to slow down. Writing something short and sweet is also more difficult than writing something long and complicated.

Perhaps simplicity requires more security than complexity? Perhaps you have to get old to slow down? Perhaps you need to pursue the simplicity on the far side of complexity, as opposed to the near side?

Simplification through neglecting essential parts is a very different act than simplifying through prioritized integration.

Could it be true that simplification is easier when you are integrated than when you are balanced? Or that the simplification is more likely to last when performed by an integrated entity. Again the far side of complexity is the goal, not the near side. A one-night stand is the near side of complexity and that may be fine when the parties are young or old enough enough to not be damaged by it but most of the time relationship is preferable. And you would like your relationships to be reusable, not disposable. 

You also would like our simplicity to be robust enough that you do not need to continually figure it out again and again.