“I loathe the expression “what makes him tick.” It is the American mind, looking for simple and singular solution that uses the foolish expression. A person not only ticks, he also chimes and strikes the hour, falls and breaks and has to be put together again and sometimes stops like an electric clock in a thunderstorm.”
I have no idea who wrote/said this but if I did I would send an email and simply say “amen.”
In fact, if I actually had a file called “absurd thoughts” this thought would be in it right next to that other incredibly <relenat to this post> absurd thought “there are left brain & right brain people.”
I loathe the expression ‘what makes him tick.’
People are complex. Heck. Most of the people I personally know are. And I know I am. And I know I get aggravated when someone simplifies me into some soundbite ‘what makes him tick.’
And I cannot envision that I am that different than others in this regard.
I am going to use a harsh phrase to make a point but “dumbing down” a person in this way is … well … dumb if not completely absurd. Sure. I know people like something simple to hold onto but this is crazy.
I throw it into the same category as when someone says “what is it that you want?” <when discussing life>.
How long do you have <when trying to answer that question>?
In a world that wants simplicity some things just are not that simple.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. All the ‘self help’ books outline goals and attainable milestones and all the steps you can take to be happier and successful and a better person and all that crap. And those same books are expounding on the fact that to be happier there are priorities. and, yes, I would agree on priorities I just hesitate a little <okay … a lot> when someone says “name one” or “the most important.”
Happiness is just not that simple.
Just as what makes someone tick is not simple.
So the point behind this post – beyond the fact I loved the quote – is that we need to be careful when we try and encapsulate a person in a nutshell.
They are all big powerful words that people like to attach to other people. And then they stop <at that word>. I have one word for that. No.
People, well, … just .. can .. not .. be .. summed .. up .. in .. one .. word.
Yup. People are much bigger than one word <sorry … that is an obvious thought>.
Regardless. Just be careful.
In a complex world it is easy to try and simplify things for selfish reasons <we only have so much space in our pea like brains>. But if there was one place I would suggest we would permit complexity to remain it would be with regard to how we assess, and ultimately judge <which we should all admit we do regardless of how bad it sounds> and treat people.
Simplicity certainly has its place in the world, and, in fact, I believe it should have a more important role in every day life <and business> … just not when it comes to the complexity of people, personalities & characterizing.