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The Ease of Simplicity
Wed Jul 12, 2006 18:37 (XFF:

he power of things that were easy, or seemed easy to do, was not lost on Locke. Men - all men - had a tendency, for good or bad, for lesser or more, to be drawn towards immediacy in the realms of rewards for actions taken. More privy men had a habit of sidestepping the issue, but they, too, sometimes missed a beat, usually against their own better judgement. There remained, in all people Locke studied, and moreover that he simply encountered, a desire for ease that, in most scenarios offered to them in life, was thought to be unattainable. As such, to keep the men he would inevitably have in his command happy, and their need for gratification through ease abated, slaked, as it could be called, Locke endeavored to come up with a straight way from A to B, a path to facilitate the general welfare of everyone in the Army, whilst still remaining a militarist sectionality that was, by all intents and purposes, designed to destroy.

It was during one of these bouts of musing that he'd decided that it was a situation he would abandon entirely. An army was not a body that could embody ease - it was not the kind of entity that aspired to slack; it was the other way around. He had known this from the start, but there were many things that he'd change, drastic changes, overwhelming the tacts of previous times. This, too, was something he might have been able to puzzle out, Locke knew, but he'd simply decided it was not worth the time and effort he could put into it, without knowing the exact results of all that effort. The irony of that particular decision wasn't lost on him - the ease of calling something impossible, because you weren't sure how to do it properly. Many other things HAD changed, though. The Asha'man had struck out many fully entrenched rules of war from his personal manifest: the archaic idea that winter was strictly for training and resupply was removed, due to shortsightedness. Plundering from civilians was outlawed in all nations, even ones that were being attacked.

It is in the interest of simplicity that I state clearly in this newly devised school of war, that there is no defined time for resupply, no universally accepted seasonal occurance of peace; the Shadow will not make such distinctions, I wager, and as such, neither shall we. It is in the best interests of the men to remain active at all times, but moreover, it is in the best interests of the men for the army's coffers to be full at all times, for the granaries to be fat at all times - not meager during seasons of change.

Locke sighed - he'd gone through several pens already, and he was nowhere near done.

Thieving from the populace is entirely unacceptable. We are Men of the Dragon - we are an Army of the Light, and we shall not lower ourselves, or our moral integrity, to the disgusting practice of some militarists, by feeding not only off the enemy's stores, but off the civilians. The only moments in history this kind of folly has ever been attempted are in moments of desperation and short-sightedness. Making a population destitute to fill our stomachs does not justify theft; moreover, it is increasingly obvious that this continent - probably the entire world - will need to be a blinding paragon of solidarity to withstand the rigors of Tarmon Gaidon - stealing from people we swore to protect as Asha'man is not in sync with this particular goal.

All things were written in his angular, slightly scrawling hand. It was small print, artfully formed, but with no lavish lean towards swirls or curls - it was stark, and minimalistic, with letters only swerving when they were actually becoming another letter in the word.

On the topic of keeping things simple, I have much to say, which might, in theory, seem a paradox. It is not. The nature of simplicity, is, arguably, quite complicated. This is not simplicity's fault - rather, it is our misguided views on how things should be done, how things work, what is attainable and what is not, that skews the axiom that draws us closer to truth. In theory, simplicity is arrived at through going from A to B; there is a goal, and there is action, and there is the realized moment whereupon you have achieved your goal. In our world, however, with the majority's ideology, it is not simplist to go from A to B - middlemen are the embodiment of ease. A daring and obvious folly. The quickest way from A to B is not A to B, in the minds of most. It is A to C to B - middlemen. And the more people in the middle, the better. This is starkly wrong. The more people involved between you and where you're headed, the more complicated it gets. After a while, the more you work yourself in a circle, the more your brain starts to resemble lamb's wool - the kind of soft, fluffy nonsense that can be taken out of a simple ball, and torn, and twisted, and tied up in a bow to look like a pretzel. Such is the physicality of the mental state of a chain of middlemen. So let it be said, simply, that any idiot can make something complicated - it takes a genius to make something simple.

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