20 Oct

Simplicity is the outcome of utmost complexity. We all come to earth as babies, simple beings. As we go through life, we become more and more complex. We experience physical changes, interact with other people, and discover the world around us. Education, love, friendship, parents, children, sadness, happiness, are just parts of what we go through along the way. We develop wants not just needs, we develop relationships with friends and lovers not just caregivers, we develop opinions not just reactions, and we set out to discover the world instead of being subjected to it.

A real life example would be in the way we form our relationships. In the early stages of childhood, our relationships are limited to caregivers, protectors, and entertainers. Our interaction with them is also limited to happiness or sadness, and what feels good or bad. As we get older, our relationships involve more vocabulary, such as control, love, respect, trust, hate, connect, fun, inspire, etc…. During this period of trial and error, life becomes very complicated as we experiment with love, friendship, and identity. Out of this chaos, and only if we have been learning from our experiences, a simple form does emerge, a clearer self, one that has a better understanding of the world and how it reacts to it. Our relationships become more specific, our friends are split into best friends or acquaintances, and our lovers become soul mates.

In geometry a straight line is the simplest of shapes, yet this simple and straight form is nothing less than the result of complexity at its highest levels. Life starts like the smooth surface of a straight line, pure and simple. It gets corrupted by the complex shapes that life throws at it, complex shapes that keep coming together only to form that straight, smooth, and simple surface once again.

The more we accumulate of life’s experiences, the more we understand life and how we react to it. Those of us who stop at various points of their lives to reflect on how they’re evolving, and what lessons they’ve learned, are more capable of filling up the gaps in their life line, and as such, simplify their lives as they go. We grow older and older, and once again we become like babies, simple beings. We look for needs not wants, seek caregivers not just lovers, and receive whatever the world throws our way instead of trying to explore anymore of it. At this point, we are evolved beings that have seen life, have narrowed it down to its most basic realities, and are at peace with it and themselves. We, would have been through it all, and completely understand that life is so complex, it’s simple.

Good luck!


6 Responses to “SO COMPLEX, IT’S SIMPLE!”

  1. Genevieve October 22, 2011 at 1:03 am #

    I really truly agree with this post. The ideas you brought up are a reminder of life and how it is one giant cycle of dependency which leans on the innocence of our pure minds. Little do we know we will return back to that state of course after all the BS experiences including the dark times and experiences that scar a person for life… We return back to dependency after independence and wanting to find out about ourselves… I’m right in that independent stage being in my 20s and I must say… And this is only because I had a recent conversation about this. The only difference between our infantile years and our elderly years is that we are taken care of by others out of “that’s just what you do with a baby… You love them and they love you back”… And as we grow older and go back into that state of dependency, if we haven’t built any honest relationships, then no one feels compelled or obligated to take care of you… Scary thought a little bit as I approach my older years. Needed to push my brain this week and this post did just that. Thank you.

    • Karim Maksoud October 23, 2011 at 3:19 am #

      you should start your own blog, i love the way you write and think

  2. Chioma October 22, 2011 at 1:06 am #

    When mind, body, and spirit work together then we are in utter bliss and at one with the simplicity and chaos of that thing called life.

  3. Brian Moon October 23, 2011 at 3:34 am #

    Do experiences shape our world views or do we understand these life experiences based on what we already expect the outcome of those experiences to be?

    • Karim Maksoud October 23, 2011 at 4:41 am #

      well, how experiences affect a persons life is entirely up to that person. some people experience life with their eyes closed, and life ends up being a truly wasted opportunity, some end up living a life that is purely the result of their experiences and such a life ends up being not theirs, and some are masters of their experiences, not in the sense that they choose what they experience, but they choose what to do with those experiences based on lessons learned.

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