I’ve recently read Sydney Banks book, The Enlightened Gardener and I came across two paragraphs that summed up nicely the difference between the outlook for Complexity thinking and Simplicity thinking.
The following is the paragraphs that follow each other in the book; see if you can spot the not so subtle difference.
Tom’s face turned bright red as he spluttered, “It is very obvious, Andy, that your oversimplification of this entire subject proves you don’t understand the enormity of the number of determinants to human behaviour”
Andy scratched his head and said “My friends, what you have to understand is that the principles apply, regardless of the variables. After all, the variables are merely the principles in action’
And the above is the difference between the two, with the 1st example being complexity thinking and the 2nd being simplicity thinking.
So if you are getting bogged down in the details, ask yourself, what are the principles at work here, for that will guide you towards simplicity thinking.
Complexity thinking gets bogged in the details, simplicity thinking sees, uses and sticks to the principles