Simplicity in a Complex World

The world is full of highly complex and challenging issues ~ wars, starvation, greed, absolute poverty, inequality, quiet desperation, physical agony, homelessness, hopelessness …..

I often think that there is far too much of an ‘I’m alright, Jack,’ attitude out there and that there is a ridiculous level of crazy positivity knocking around, which essentially acts as  blindfolds and earplugs to the hurt that is just around the corner, if even that far away from any of us.

I really worry about the message that the massive emphasis on positivity sends out. In short, I feel that stuff like: ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,’ essentially makes people who are in horrible situations feel like it’s their fault for not being able to get out quagmires that would be overwhelming to absolutely anyone.

Some people, though, have a way of doing very simple things that reveal all that could be great in a world that often seems to be losing its way and imploding into ‘I’ ‘I’ ‘I-ness.’

Here’s one example of such simplicity which I happened upon, as I was out and about the other day here in Co. Waterford:

Thoughfulness ~ Step at a Time



Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

23 thoughts on “Simplicity in a Complex World”

  1. Reminds me of going to West Cork and seeing eggs in an ‘honesty’ box where you just take the eggs and pay into the box.
    Isn’t this so much better than watching the apples go to waste?
    I loved how you worked your way through your post to the photo.

  2. When I was in NZ, there were so many grapefruits that people would set baskets on the street for anyone who wanted to take them. And sometimes lemons. Delightful. My favorite of this type of thing is the tiny libraries. Little birdhouses that contain books for people to take and share. Being kind is lovely.

  3. Ah that’s nice. Honesty stalls are still common here in Jersey though there are always a few who are shameless enough to take advantage.

    Totally agree with the way we tend to look the other way when someone is in trouble. The days of community and helping each other out are largely gone.

    1. Hi Roy, I must say I associate honesty stalls with those holliers in Jersey. The apples went beyond that in that they were free.
      Hopefully there will/can be a way to get community bonds back to some extent at least. I’m not sure how, though.

  4. Jean, I like the distinction you make between ‘positivity at all costs’ – which I’ve often thought puts the blame on those in situations they can’t help – and positive gestures.

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