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The complex art of simple

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Prime Minister Imran Khan. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/@imrankhan.pti

“Off with his head!” is so much more effective than, “Off with his head, as per Article (x) of Section (y) Sub-section (z) of PPC as per the Constitution of 1973 amended as of nineteen hundred and blah blah blah.”

Oh the joys of simplicity

And yet these are the joyous melodies that we are being serenaded with as Pakistan experiments its way to a better future. Is there a linear way – devoid of all crossroads of doubts – that shall take us to the Promised Land? Surely the empires of our times got there through different routes. How do we know which one to take?

Perhaps we do not. Never have. If we did, we could have perfected one system of governance and run our lives accordingly. We could have graduated beyond the never-ending debate of this-vs-that and scaled higher rungs of collective self-actualisation. We wouldn’t have then lived under the duality of pretending to follow one set of principles while actually following another set. It has made life complex. We would rather indulge in the art of simple.

So we manufactured simple. Our problems became simple. Our solutions became simple. Our heroes became simple and our villains became simple. Our narrative became simple and our explanations became simple. Even our processes became simple. As did our crimes and punishments. Good is good, bad is bad and never the twain shall meet.

PTI simpletons simplified the simplicity of simple when they........

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