Complex Simplicity

By Dr. Sunil Ji Garg on 30-07-2014

A student asked me, “Sir! What is the most complex thing in this universe?” The answer that immediately came to my mind was; “Human Mind”. I did give this answer to my student. The class agreed too, but somewhere in my own mind I was still struggling with a better and much more convincing answer. 
As always, I sat down to Google across various sites. I came across many technical things like the theory of black holes, gravitational waves, anti-matter, dark energy, nocebo effect etc. The answers from common people varied from relationships, human mind, thoughts, girls, human behaviour etc. One school of thought advocated that it is not possible to answer such a question, as a person answering this question would be boasting about himself to know everything in this universe. One particular thought that I liked and I was convinced with, was the answer as “Simplicity”. Yes, this is definitely a philosophical answer, but it has a deep rooted meaning.
Here I am reminded of the famous definition of a machine by the character in the movie “3 idiots”. “Machines are any combination of bodies so connected that their relative motions are constraint and by which means force and motion maybe transmitted and modified as the screw in its nut or a lever that turn about a fulcrum or a pulley by its pivot etc.” Think of this definition vs. the simple one given by the lead actor as “Machines are anything that reduces human effort”. All complex things we do are ultimately meant to make things easier for us. So, the answer that convinces me is that the most complex thing is to arrive at simplicity. This we can see in our day to day life as well. The complexity of our health problems might be resolved by simple daily routines with little exercise and simple diet. The solutions to complex relationships can often be found by simple talks and companionship.
Next day, in the class I shared my discovery with the students. I felt that I simply came much closer to them, after sharing my discovery that states, “Most complex thing in this universe is simplicity”.

About The Author

Dr. Sunil Ji Garg

Dr. Sunil Ji Garg, presently Managing Director of Sunmitra Education, Lucknow, is a holistic healer, writer, social activist, scientist and individuality development trainer, who is noted for his commendable contributions in Data-Communication, Software Engineering and Multimedia.