KISS Principle, KISS System. Keep it simple stupid? Keep it stupid and simple? Keep it simple kiss? No thinking? Good Thinking? Good question.
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KISS Principle, KISS System.
I heard of the KISS system long ago - keep it simple, stupid. That came to mind the other day when I read that complexity was the kiss of death on the web. People don't want more than one idea per article - and that idea had better be nice and easy. Dense writing does not get read. That's it, plain and simple.
Plus, people don't want hard words - don't use a long word if a short one will do. Big words turn people off.
Which people, I wondered? And if it's true, just what does this mean? Is this the kiss of death for thinking?
I thought of Dead Poet's Society, a brilliant film about a teacher who really reaches students. The message is the opposite. Use vivid language. Don't always say sad. Say glum, morose, grief-stricken, sullen.
And I thought of my students. Many of them, college students, display
mental rigidity - almost a rigor mortis of the brain when it comes to
some very easy thinking.
All opinions are equal, they hold - and can't recognize that KKK opinions might not have as much validity as opinions based on evidence, in this case evidence that humans, whatever our race, are inherently equal (basic equality in intellectual and emotional range).
Evidence is irrelevant to most of my students, when it comes to opinions. How can I possibly bring up something like evidence in relationship with opinions? Even more horrific, how can I possibly question that all opinions are equal? They look at me as if I were some alien monster.
But, I counter, their opinion means that the opinion that all opinions
are not equal is just as valid as the opinion that all opinions are equal.
After all, all opinions are equal - even the opinion that they are not
equal. That's a contradiction, I continue.
For more on the inequality of opinions, read Stupid Opinion #1:
For another stupid opinion, click onto Stupid Opinion #2 - the opinion that we are all where we are meant to be. Millions of people hold onto it as if to give it up meant death - though this opinion means that every rape victim, murder victim, everyone who dies in a genocide is where they are meant to be.
I say, don't keep it simple. Think. Instead of the KISS system, KISS principle, of keep it simple stupid, I hold: Keep it smart.
I am keeping it simple, by the way. None of my points are complex or difficult to grasp.
Our brains, like our bodies, need to learn how to function well - or
our thinking is as clumsy as the violin playing of someone taking their
first lesson. Painful.
I don't know if quality triumphs every time. Actually I know it doesn't.
Lots of people like junk food - and junk thinking.
Background. This piece
was sparked by a brief blog entry on ezinearticles.com. The main idea:
dense writing does not get read.
Of course it's not so simple: some brilliant people are felled by Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. But it was great to find out something that made deep intuitive sense to me: mental flexiblity is developed and needs to be exercised. It doesn't just happen.
I have an 83-uear-old dance teacher. Very mentally alert, always ready to see what I've learned, always responsive to the world around her - which includes keeping up with what's new and changing in the dance world. She listens outward - instead of deepening ruts in her brain. A delight to be around.
Again, your esponses are welcome.
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