“Why do we assume that simple is good? Because with physical products, we have to feel we can dominate them. As you bring order to complexity, you find a way to make the product defer to you. Simplicity isn’t just a visual style. It’s not just minimalism or the absence of clutter. It involves digging through the depth of the complexity. To be truly simple, you have to go really deep. For example, to have no screws on something, you can end up having a product that is so convoluted and so complex. The better way is to go deeper with the simplicity, to understand everything about it and how it’s manufactured. You have to deeply understand the essence of a product in order to be able to get rid of the parts that are not essential.”
(From Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson)
I live in an area that focuses very heavily on what people smarter than me like to refer to as “folk religion.” I like to define folk religion as “Faith made completely from anecdotes.” By this, I mean that everything that an individual knows and believes about God comes from one-liners repeated by generation after generation of those wonderful old Sunday School teachers who are quoting something said by their Sunday School teacher when they were a kid, which has no foundation in Scripture, up-to-date Scientific evidence, or the greater theological tradition as laid down by the Apostles or the early Church Fathers. From folk religion come statements like this:
It goes without saying that I am not an overly emotional person. Now, I am not as emotionally inept as Mr. Spock from the old Star Trek series. I do feel things, and I am known to emotionally react at times. Rather, my weakness lies in the expression of emotions, as well as the ability to handle other people’s expressions of emotion. I do not make a habit of pursuing emotional experiences, and I am heavily suspicious of anyone who attempts to manipulate me via my emotions.