Sunday, August 19, 2012

The wisdom of Merle P. Martin

"There is nothing so simple that it cannot be made difficult."

Merle P. Martin
Not really sure who Merle Martin is…

I think this may have something to do with the idea that there are only two kinds of problems: Big problems and Little problems, except that Little problems aren't really problems…

And of course it's true that some things aren't very simple, but surely the point here is NOT that everything is complicated…

There may indeed be an un-difficult explanation or solution to a quite complicated issue, and yet, actually agreeing on such a solution, and putting it into practice, may so often get us into a sticky wicket, or an ideological slough of despond….I tend to think that the real message is:

"There is nothing so important that it cannot be made difficult."

A thought from Teddy Roosevelt

...and one from John Maynard Keynes

...and don't forget old Ben Franklin

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