“Complexity of thought need not lead to impenetrability of expression.” —
George D. Gopen and Judith A. Swan as appeared in American Scientist in 1990.
The question this raises is: To what extent are artists and writers obligated to communicate their message plainly and simply? I largely agree with this quote. I know others will disagree. The hardest melodies to write are always the simplest. Brevity is the soul of wit in writing as in most things. The most insightful math equations are often elegant and simple. I’m not saying that being verbose in writing or esoteric in music is wrong. But the art that has survived (and more importantly, proven impactful) has distilled its insights down to its bare bones. I think we can learn something from that.