As long as I can remember, I have always tried to adhere to the KISS principle in virtually every aspect of life. Aside from lending to a much quicker, less-stressful decision making process, paying credence to this credo more often than not leads to gratifying results.
For those not familiar with The KISS Principle, it is all too simple to explain. No, it has nothing to do with Gene Simmons and his Army!
“KISS” is an acronym that was first utilized as a design principle for the United States Navy in 1960. It most commonly stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid! Other variations have included Keep It Short & Simple, Keep It Simple & Straightforward and Keep It Small & Simple.
Whichever the phrase, the meaning behind the naval principle that serves so well in life is the same.
The KISS Principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore simplicity should be a key goal in design and unnecessary complexity should be avoided.
Actually, this was not an entirely new principle. In fact Albert Einstein said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
Even this great intellectual was not ground-breaking in his theory of simplicity. Far earlier in the 14th century, the Ockham’s Razor principle was being frequently bantered about.
The philosopher William of Ockham (1285–1347/49) stated that … , “plurality should not be posited without necessity.” The principle gives precedence to simplicity: of two competing theories, the simpler of an entity is to be preferred. The principle is also expressed as “Entities are not to be multiplied beyond necessity.”
Hmmmm, seems to me that such a simple principle must be onto something if it has passed the test of time and been so prominently pontificated by such perceptive persons. Again, so far (knocking on a simple slab of wood) it has served me well.
If you need an example The KISS Principle’s success on a larger scale than just one individual, there is no better one than the Amish community.
It is commonly known the Amish have a very simple way of life. Living without modern conveniences like electricity, phones and automobiles. They cannot “Google” the answer to all of their questions. They can’t just call up a distant friend or relative just to chat. There is no packing up the family and heading off to the beach for a week of fun in the sun (picturing an Amish elder in swim trunks makes me chuckle).
While this may not sound like The KISS Principle is working here, take a better look! Take a look at how closely knit the community is with no modern complexities. Look at neighbor helping neighbor to ensure the best for the community and the individual. Look at the good, wholesome quality time they spend together.
Take a look at the product(s) of generations of Keepin’ It Simple, Stupid! Take a look at the craftsmanship, quality and attention to detail honed from years of passed down knowledge and wisdom.
Take a look at workmanship that is true heirloom caliber.
The Amish Community has flourished even Keeping It Simple when it comes to their health and fitness with Natural Organic Oils, Tinctures and Teas.
While we may not be ready to totally jump on board the KISS Wagon as completely as the Amish community,
Supporting the cause and getting second-to-none offerings that are obviously MADE in AMERICA & BUILT to LAST, is a highly good and easy recommended start.
Remember, the next time you are faced with a decision - whether at home, work or the store - KISS Amish Style!