Very simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds.
Remy de Gourmont
Our creativity is our biggest asset. If you take a close look around you, you will be astounded at how every great thing in your surroundings was first conceived in a person’s mind. Whether it is the majestic skyscrapers, the speedy SUVs or the jaw-dropping expressways, none of this would have been possible had it not been for someone’s limitless imagination.
However, it is one thing to be creative, and quite another to feign creativity. In order to come across as sophisticated, many people fake the kind of lofty thinking that they do not necessarily possess. To them, it is only complex ideas that can be visionary. But nothing could be further from the truth.
You see, it is not just intricate ideas that can change the world, but also the simple ones. In fact, paradoxically, it is the simplest ideas that evade most people, for they are busy thoughtlessly chasing after the complex ones. This often stems from either one’s inability to figure out what their calling is, or as a result of social pressure.
On the other hand, it is the people blessed with really refined minds that end up decoding the seemingly straightforward concepts. One major reason for this is their passion for making the world a better place in any way possible. They do not waste time obsessing over thinking big or figuring out what million-dollar question they should look to answer next. All they care about is putting their ideas into practice to see if they can change the world for the better.
Remy de Gourmont was a French poet and novelist. Known for his strong influence on authors like Blaise Cendrars and Georges Bataille, de Gourmont is known to have commented: “Very simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds.”