Today's bloggers consortium topic is complexity. I have to admit, this is a complex topic for me! I cheated and read part of Ramana's post because my mind was totally blank. I've been pondering the topic all day, and just couldn't come up with anything to write. But his post sparked a memory. He wrote about how simplicity is the opposite of complexity. That reminded me of some people I heard about.
Some friends of mine have a brother and sister in law who decided that they wanted to live a "minimalist" life style. I guess they wanted to rid their life of complexity and confusion, so decided to pare down their belongings. They decided they only needed 2 plates, 2 forks, 2 cups etc. All the extra utensils they gave away. They even went so far as to transcribe their journals in to a word document so that they could throw away the physical books. I'm sure you can guess that they did the same with their photos. They got rid of their beds, and have just a sleeping mat like used in Japan, which can be rolled up during the day. In every aspect of their lives they chose minimalism.
As I thought about how simplicity is the opposite of complexity, I wondered if my lifestyle could be considered complex. I like to have extra on hand in case I run out of something. I have a lot of "junk" in my house. I have a good food storage on hand. Does that make my life complex?
I think there is something to be said for complexity in our lives. I think complexity can inspire us. While some may say that simplicity frees our minds of extra thoughts, I think complexity inspires our minds to higher thoughts. Even the visual stimulus of a complex model can stimulate our thinking.
Okay, well, maybe that's my excuse to not get rid of my junk. I don't know, but if simplicity and complexity are my choices, I'll stick with the complex.
If you would like to see what the other consortium members had to say about this complex topic, please visit their links:
Rummuser, Anu, Ashkok, Gaelikka, Grannymar, , Padmum, Magpie11, andAkanksha,Will Knot, Maria the Silver Fox, Anki, Nema Noor Paul Plain Joe, and Rohit
and The Old Fossil