Keep It Simple, Not Stupid
Simpler isn't dumber.
Richard Feynman won a Nobel Prize in physics, but much of his legacy has nothing to do with quantum mechanics.
Feynman is often remembered for his insights into learning how to learn.
The "Feynman Technique" involves taking a topic we are learning and pretending to teach it to a child. If we cannot respond to a kid's questions without using multisyllabic jargon, we have some gaps in our understanding and need to go back and study.
Of course, some things cannot be explained in the vocabulary of a child or communicated in, say, a one-minute video.
Still, the effort to communicate as simply as possible helps us as learners and makes our ideas more accessible. It's not about dumbing things down. It's about getting to the core.
Pope Francis has said that a preacher must remember "that God loves him, that Jesus Christ has saved him and that his love always has the last word."
That's language accessible to a child. It's simple, but it's material for a lifetime of reflection.
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