Complex: (n) consisting of many different and connected parts
America has a new favorite word.
It is “complex”
When we have no solutions, ideas or even desire to pursue quality, we like to declare the situation complex.
That means it will take a long time, many meetings and millions of dollars to study–and still there are no guarantees that a solution will be devised.
It is an adult assertion that life itself is complicated, and therefore we prove our worth and intelligence by furrowing our brow, appearing bewildered and going into the process of deep scrutiny.
So when subjects like race, religion, politics, gender bias, sexuality or even the price of beefsteak come up in conversation, it is very important that all the people in the room agree that these matters are very complex, and therefore require oodles of time for discovery.
And God forgive you if you suggest that something might be simple.
Because even if it isn’t quickly solved–even if the contention that a matter is complex does play out–we are still much better people when we simplify.