A few days ago, a friend discussed the topic “to be or not simple”. Interesting theme … anything but simple. I asked several people what “simple” meant for them and got very different answers.
• Contrary to complicated, concept that no one has trouble defining.
• Opposite to cluttered, to loaded with excessive accessories.
• No surprises and no big ambitions, i.e. “a simple life”.
• The ability to enjoy basic things like a glass water.
• Equated with “poor in spirit” in the Sermon on the Mount.
I was confused. So I turned to astrology, the lens that helps me understand the world. Simply speaking, “simple” means different things for each of the zodiac signs. I use quotations to illustrate these differences:
Confucius must have been an Aries, a direct and decisive sign, because he said “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
Henry David Thoreau was a Taurus, the sign always concerned with resources, so he advises “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”
The architect Frank Lloyd Wright, as good Gemini, introduces in his definition the mental process “Think simple ……– meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.”
Cancer relates to the world through emotion and at its best, with great sweetness. Benjamin Hoff, an American author, recommends “Enjoy the simple, the natural and the plain. Along with that comes the ability to do things spontaneously and have them work.”
E. F. Schumacher, an influential British economist, a Leo, sign characterized by dramatic and exaggerated tendencies but also creative and expressive, said “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction.” And he had it … one of his books is called “Small is Beautiful”.
Virgo, humble and modest in appearance, enjoys solving problems which helps us understand the thinking of H.L. Menken, the sage of Baltimore, “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem – neat, plausible, and wrong.” If it was right there would be nothing to solve.
The composer Frederic Chopin was a Libra and defined simplicity in aesthetic and artistic terms, domains that are governed by this sign “Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.”
Scorpio in its most positive expression is interested in integrity in the sense that it is not corrupted and is pure. The Canadian company ” Pure + Simple ” sells organic beauty products http://www.pureandsimple.ca/ Its founders to have come up with this name surely have the energy of Scorpio.
Bruce Lee, Sagittarius, an icon of martial arts uses strong and deliberate words to advise simplicity “It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”
Isaac Newton was a Capricorn, the sign of order, structure, perfection and success. He was a great physicist, mathematician, astronomer and alchemist, therefore, we should not doubt his statement “Nature is pleased with simplicity.”
Aquarius is an energy that does not relates well with the simplicity. It seeks objectivity and new perspectives with emotional detachment in a cold intellectual way. “I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things in life which are the real ones after all” are the words of an Aquarian, Laura Ingalls Wilder, who was gaining new perspectives that led to a successful career as a writer !
“Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury… to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind” said Albert Einstein, Pisces, the sign that wants to transcend the material and unite with God, with Nature and in this case with the Cosmos.
Conclusion: What seems more or less certain is that simplicity is a destination but the journey is complicated!