After my last blog post ideas have been flying fast and furious through my synapses so more material is coming. Also although my thoughts have been food centric and my business is real estate so perhaps not totally apropos but then kitchens are the focal point for most buyers and that is where we make food so there you have it.
Actually, my thoughts turn towards the complexities of life. I believe that nothing is simple and often state that fact especially when people use simple platitudes to explain situations. Almost everything, today it seems, consists of layers of nettlesome complexity. I really think life was likely always more complex than people perceived but now simplicity seems to have been devoured by complications.
Metaphorically I again turn to food. I was making lasagna for my friend’s family this week after they suffered a recent loss. It used to be lasagna was lasagna and if I were to make more you just needed more ingredients meat sauce, cheese, noodles, etc. Today though it’s not nearly so simple. My son has a glutton allergy so he wants red meat sauce, but with glutton free noodles. My daughter is a vegetarian (forbid she becomes vegan because that may be a bridge too far) so red veggie sauce, regular noodles. My wife Kelly for some reason has become somewhat allergic to nightshades (tomatoes, eggplant, etc.) so crème vegetable sauce and regular noodles. All these iterations in addition to the original intent which was to make traditional lasagna with meat sauce just so everyone would have something they could and would eat.
Do I miss the days when I could simply make only one type of lasagna; absolutely. But while it took a bit more effort to manage the order and steps along with two extra pots I was able to make things that pleased the people I care about by realizing and somewhat embracing the complexity. Really all of them were delicious in their own way and really isn’t variety the spice of life? Additionally, the modern world isn’t always just more and more stuff to deal with. The modern world has given me oven ready noodles which are a godsend for making lasagna in my humble opinion.
So yes the world is more complex and that complexity can be vexing. Ignoring complexity won’t solve the problem. Perhaps the key is to accept that things are more complex and try to see and adapt to that reality. And just maybe wrapped up in all the other stuff are good things like variety and oven ready noodles.