Monday, March 1, 2010

Why unnecessary complexities are "necessary"

I always believe in Einstein's quote

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not more so.

The world as I know it now, however, has way too many complexities. From my experience, these complexities exist usually not because the systems need them to work. Rather, they are there because it is easy to screw outsiders when a system is complex enough.

This is especially true because few of us are research-type people who would do due diligence to really find out how things work. And for those who can, they may not have time to do that.

Think about it, many industries are like that.


  1. JayTee11:33 PM

    Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "The man who can make hard things easy is the educator." I am a teacher and the corollary of that is, "The man who can make easy things hard is the bureaucrat." If not the bureaucrat than the politician.

  2. JayTee: Thanks for your comment and I agree with you.

    For example, the real estate industry has so much complexity that outsiders are basically forced to "trust" whatever the agents say. Seeing that, I can totally understand why this industry (together with banking) had driven the economy of the U.S. to the brink of total collapse.


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