Christian Long

John Maeda: The Simple Life

In TED Talks on May 10, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Reflection by COOPER T.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

John Maeda:  The Simple Life

Living the simple life is a little more complicated than one might expect. You have to try your hardest to live simply. Complexity attracts people like moths to a flame. We make things harder on ourselves just to keep ourselves entertained. As much as people say they love vacations and doing nothing we need to work and have busy lives, otherwise we wouldn’t come back. I feel like this is the big point that John was getting at in his talk. He is a prime example of what I’m talking about. He even tried to get away from his studies of simplicity by having a simple vacation and it didn’t work.

Our world is fulled by striving for something we don’t want. we work to get money to make things simple on ourselves but money just complicates society more than anything has in the history of mankind. More work equals more complexity even though we work for freedom.

John’s art is interesting he took simple things like fries and cheetoes and made them into complex works of art. This is another example of making things complicated. John is a smart man but he has a very Einstein-like ideas. On the site one user referenced a quote, “Imagination is more important than knowledge”-Einstien, and I feel like John lives that way.

This talk was entertaining but hard to follow. He had plenty of good points and was very charismatic but it was random and didn’t really peak. A few of the members on TED said its much easier to follow if you’ve read his book. If this topic intrigues you i would reccomend buying it or at least checking out his site for his “rules for simplicity.”

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