Thought du Jour: Complexity and Contradiction
Where there is no complexity and contradiction, there is tyranny.
The path towards refinement requires the embracing –rather than the denial — of complexity and contradiction.
There’s something compelling about simplicity and consistency – we tend to be more attracted and convinced by that which is easily understood, by those things which have sublime austerity, and by those truths that are uncomplicated. However, when this aesthetic preference becomes a moral imperative, we get ourselves into trouble.
Show me a place of absolute clarity and concordance, and I’ll show you a place of oppression.
The smaller the matter – the more singular the function of the object in question –the more simplicity one can bring to bear, before becoming overbearing.
..and yet, notice that even in the sparest of art forms, when done well there is an inherent tension, a contrast, a twist, a pattern interruption.
How much more so in larger matters, such as systems… and people.
Posted on January 14, 2013, in Architecture, Art, Learning, Life, Management, photography, Psychology and tagged architecture, art, barcelona, Contradiction, gaudi, Happiness Project, Lifestyle Choices, parc guell, Philosophy, Rainer Maria Rilke, spain, Stuart Wilde, Voluntary Simplicity. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.