Simplicity is essential in a generative world

  • "less is more" (proverb)
  • "perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away" (Antoine de Saint Exupéry)
  • "omit needless words" (Strunk & White)
  • "It is vain to do with more what can be done with fewer" (Occam's razor)
  • you should have One great reason to do anything -- if you have 3 or 4, one probably dominates
  • you can do something great if and only if it is your One greatest desire; if you have many desires they will compete you won't get extraordinary results in any of them

All the above phrases, and many like them, describe a criterion of greatness: simplicity.

As generating (text, images, videos, code, ...) has become almost trivially easy, the skill of removing is now especially important. So Seek simplicity.