Einstein once said: everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. He was very right. If you take a look at some of the “systems” society has created, they have a tendency to become increasingly complex. In some cases this is oke, if the system under consideration is highly accepted, used and promoted. For example the Internet. But in other cases, we have built upon base systems and added complexity on top by layering. It’s as if we didn’t want to take proper time for redesign. By hiding the details (creating intransparancy) we were able to prevent true redesign. Now these type of systems, that have what I call redundant complexity could maybe better be unwrapped to find out there original, true intention or meaning again. And then redevelop from these new insights again. That way, we would at least limit the total complexity. For example the world’s financial system might be a good candidate given the crises it has put us all in. Or the availabilty of hundreds of thousands of “standards”, sometimes developed with so much complexity that it thereby hinders a true level playing field. Or systems that are designed with abundant features where a good is good enough design would have been sufficient. So for these types of systems, a “let’s unwrap first before adding an extra wrap around this mummy” mightbe just the right approach, honoring Einstein. Source of the mummy figure is here.

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