Thinking Clearly

I saw a translator’s note in the writings of Epictetus the ancient Roman Stoic philosopher.

He said Epictetus was a joy to translate because he used short sentences. The sentences were clearly thought out.

Try reading philosophers and scholars of the last 50 years or more. They use many phrases and dependent clauses. They pile thought on top of thought. Until you discover you are spending more time deciphering their idea than the value of the thought.

A writer once said, I don’t have time to write a short piece.

Physicists Albert Einstein and Richard Feynman both said if you cannot write the idea out simply, then you don’t understand what you’re trying to say.

Teachers, please use whatever class you lead to provoke your students to think clearly and express themselves as simply as possible.

Demand the same from employees.

Don’t be like the majority of business books written over the last 20 years. When you have made your point–stop.

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