Complexity Is Not Chaos

Complexity Is Not Chaos

“In general usage, complexity tends to be used to characterize something with many parts in intricate arrangement.” ~ Wikipedia

Simple living can be a complicated endeavor. Not the lifestyle itself, but the transition from consumer to simple creative brings up many personal and social issues. The good thing is, complexity does not equal chaos. Things seem complicated when there is so much going on, we don’t know how to handle it all. We get overwhelmed, quashing our ability to think clearly and rationally.

But if we can calm our frenzied minds, and carefully dissect the situation, we can uncover complexity’s true image: it’s a network of interconnected parts, not total chaos. These parts are obstacles to living simply. If we can solve each one at a time, then we can master the transition.

Some of the obstacles we encounter are emotional in nature. Why do I love to buy things? Why can’t I remember to bring my reusable bags 100% of the time? Some are logistical: How do I compost? How do I go paper-free? What can I do with my unwanted possessions?

I see each as a problem waiting to be solved. Perhaps you can see it as a project waiting for your leadership.

Even though it isn’t chaos, emotionally it can still be overwhelming. Remember that baby steps are the best way to move forward. Write down some of the things you have trouble with. Then choose one thing to work on and forget the rest. If you like having multiple things to work on, that’s fine too. It’s up to you to find a method that is both interesting and not overwhelming, one that’s custom fit for you.

It really all boils down to this: Complexity can’t be escaped. Humans are complex creatures. Nature is complex, life is complex. But it doesn’t mean chaos, and it doesn’t have to stop you.

Lynn Fang

Lynn Fang is an eco-conscious writer who dreams of a more harmonious and sustainable world. She writes about simple sustainable living, social change, and personal growth at her blog, Upcycled Love.

Note: This Perspectives Blog post is written by a guest blogger of The opinions expressed on this post do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Greene or, and as such we are not responsible for the accuracy of the information supplied. View the license for this post.

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