sina wile pali tawa pona.
You have to earn simplicity. — Toki Ponist Pu
These are the words as recovered from the awoken well:
jan Silili li kama poka jan Sipi.
ona toki e ni:
jan lili li ken pali e ni.
taso jan suli li ken pali ala pali e ni?
Here follows a relaxed translation:
Tipi wanders around an art museum. Silili walks next to him and says: “This is not art. A child can make this.” Tipi turns to him and asks: “Indeed. But can an adult make this?”
Simplicity is accompanied with clarity and an automagic ease. It is not simply the absence of complexity or the lack of excess content. It is the act of understanding and practice that makes something simple. It is the difference between cleaning up and tidying up. This may take a while but little by little the amount of affordable simplicity is increased in your life. This also means everyone is afforded their own budget of simplicity that can only be valued by the person itself.
Like with many things the same goal, namely simplicity, can be approached from different perspectives. While the idea of simplicity signifies a higher goal, in practice, the practice can fulfill only lower goals. It can be reducing many variables into a simple cohesive framework, or it can be simply jumping to conclusions. It can be a concsious choice to reduce noise in your life, or laziness.
Read a newer koan (If you cut a cake, you don't end up with flower and sugar.)
Read an older koan (A knife does not need to cut itself. The self does not need to notice itself.)