“Your plan is way too elaborate,” Jackson told his friend. “It’s convoluted and rife with potential points of failure.”
“I don’t understand,” Daryl said. “Can you please explain what you mean when you say my plan is too elaborate?”
“I’d be happy to elaborate,” Jackson said. “Have you ever heard of the KISS principle?”
“No. What is it?”
“Keep it simple, stupid.”
“Hey, who are you calling stupid?” Daryl said, folding his arms across his chest.
“No, no,” objected Jackson. “I’m not calling you stupid. KISS is an ancronym that stands for keep it simple, stupid. It means that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated. So simplicity, rather than unnecessary complexity, is the best approach to creating a plan or resolving a problem.”
“So you do think I am stupid because I didn’t come up with a simple plan,” said Daryl.
“Not at all,” Jackson said. “I’m saying that your plan is like a Rube Goldberg approach.”
“Now you’re calling me a rube?” Daryl said. “I ain’t know country bumpkin.”
“No. I’m referring to Rube Goldberg. He was a cartoonist who was best known for his drawings depicting complicated gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways,” said Jackson.
“Okay, fine,” said Daryl. “How would you go about it?”
“Okay, keeping it simple, just unscrew the old bulb out of the lamp, take the new bulb, and screw it in,” Jackson explained. “Easy peasy, right?”
Written for today’s one-word prompt, “elaborate.”