If It Takes More Than A Sentence To Explain

It might have some problems.

I have this theory that serves me fairly well in our information-overloaded era. It’s the idea that if something takes more than a sentence to explain, it’s probably poorly thought out, or contains some kind of deception or over-justification. This plays out most commonly in personal relationships of course, when you ask your partner why they didn’t take out the garbage when it was their turn, and 30 minutes later you’re engaged in an argument about the passive aggressive barb they threw into their response, which, if they had been being honest in the first place, would have been something like “Because I didn’t feel like it” or “Because I forgot”.

Of course, I’ve just shattered my own rule here, but try it some time. Try rendering your long-winded, polysyllabic explanations as simple sentences. If you’re talking about Quantum Physics or religion, you might have a problem, but most of daily life doesn’t concern such lofty and complex topics.

Do you agree?

About Ian

Ian is a media consultant, writer, musician, and budding public speaker with an eye on being the next Ellen. Ian's interest in helping others find success and happiness stems from his experience with events planning and media consulting with organizations like Interfluence.com and the Kenya/US NGO Amara Conservation from 2000-2008, which taught him how little we all know about what we're really doing. From 2008 until April of 2011, Ian wrote for and maintained the site DissociatedPress.com. Ian learned long ago that the journey to success may take occasional detours, and often eschews the road map in favor of taking in life's scenery. His first business venture was a small telecom company in the late 1980's, but subsequent ventures included pursuing a pop music career, screenwriting, and the foodservice and retail employment that often follows such pursuits. After struggling with addiction for years, Ian is happily embracing recovery and the clarity it brings.