Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Why is simple so hard?

Lucky is the person who has never had two or more people tell him or her how to do something. Jesus said you can’t serve two masters without loving one or hating the other. Supposedly, the Chinese pictogram for trouble literally means two women under one roof.

In any event, the more people involved in making a decision, the more muddled the solution becomes. This may explain some, if not all, of the decisions made at all levels of government, in the military and in other public institutions.

And if you think corporations are smarter than government, either you haven’t ever dealt with a big business or you shouldn’t try to become a contestant on “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader.”

A recent YouTube video called “Redesigning the Stop Sign” gives a painfully satirical peek at how simple ideas turn into monsters – and often, monstrous failures.

Painful because everyone has seen great ideas die amid endless rethinking and fiddling.

Painful because nearly all of us have used questionable arguments or stats to advance our position or undermine someone else’s.

Painful because all of us have at some point sat silent instead of saying, “People, what are we doing here? This is stupid!”

I could launch into a long screed about applying this to other aspects of our lives, but y’all have already made that leap.

Fortunately for truckers everywhere, OOIDA and its members don’t stand gaping in awe as some manure spreader chugs by. They step up and say, “That stinks!”

Check out these recent blogs, here and here.

Keep sniffing!


  1. Everyone should watch this corporate attempt to come up with a better stop sign. It's a click away and says a lot. What it says is that trying to please everyone or reach everyone is one heckuva muddy road. And right now, the U.S. govt is on that road trying to come up with new energy policy!

  2. I think that why the simple approach finds often finds itself in such a quandry is due to the fact like the old adage says, you can't see the forest for the trees. A simple approach sometimes takes more moxy to make a decision in the face of adversity. It takes courage to stand on one's beliefs in spite of all the flak in doing so, so they duck down and get mired in the muck of indecision, losing sight.n


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