Divine simplicity...or mental algebra?

A recent Sunday New York Times article (August 18, 2012) focused on the clutter we surround ourselves with, and came with the battle cry to weed out our possessions. In underscoring the great challenge in doing this, author Gretchen Rubin quotes philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau’s famous admonition: “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity.” And then, to further her point, she adds: “Even Thoreau … couldn’t limit himself to a single ‘simplicity.’ ”

Well, if the challenge of eliminating our physical “stuff” is daunting, it might not hold a candle to our tendency to accumulate mental clutter.

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October 29, 2012

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