Horner: Simplify, simplify

Dr. Tim Horner

The world is becoming increasing complex and dangerous. We know more and more about all the difficulties in this troubled world – too much, if you ask me. The answer is to simplify your life, prioritize your assets and delegate responsibility. Here are 10 tips to make your life simpler:

— Don’t worry about problems that don’t directly affect you. Ask yourself: Will this really affect me in any direct way? If the answer is no, then don’t think about it.

— Know your influence. Problems in the world are just too big and too far away for us to do anything about. Ask yourself: Can I really do anything to help? If the answer is no, then don’t sweat it. Take care of the things that really matter, like the things that directly affect your life right now.

— Don’t try to be an expert on everything. Too often there is pressure for you to know about things, people and events that really don’t matter to you! There are plenty of people who know more than you and they will take care of it for you, like the government.

— Don’t question those in charge. Everybody is happier when you don’t ask questions.

— Avoid the big picture. Keep to your own perspective. Problems come when you have too much information or think you have something to say. Seeing the big picture is another way of worrying about things that do not concern you.

— Things are either right or wrong. Trying to think in between these two categories will cause no end of confusion and ambiguity (both very bad!). If something is not right, then it is wrong. If it is not wrong, then it is right. This makes life a simple and happy place.

— We are right and they are wrong. Entertaining the idea that we might not be right is the fast track to complexity, ambiguity and treason. There is nothing gained by any admission of faults, it only fuels the enemy, weakens our strength and is a distraction to the more important things in life, like whether to get that Abercrombie sweater.

— Defer to authority. Britney Spears said it best: “Right now we just need to trust our leaders to do what’s right.” So true. Questioning authority implies that you are violating all the above points.

— You can’t make an omelet unless you break some eggs. Important: Make sure that it’s someone else’s eggs you are breaking. And what are doing thinking about omelets anyway?

— In fact, get out of the kitchen altogether. Too many chefs spoil the stew. This country cannot run properly if everybody tries to have their say. Democracy is about following the leader no matter what. Why? Because it makes your life simple! Your life cannot run smoothly if you are troubling yourself with thinking about things that do not concern you! Whatever bad things are happening in the world (death, evil, war, torture, famine) will go away if you just don’t look at them.