A quote from the man who wrote The Little Prince (a book that is my childhood as much as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and sit-down Pizza Hutt restaurants) on the how to truly attain perfection:
Have you ever thought, not only about the airplane but whatever man builds, that all of man’s industrial efforts, all his computations and calculations, all the nights spent working over draughts and blueprints, invariably culminate in the production of a thing whose sole and guiding principal is the ultimate principal of simplicity?
It is as if there were a natural law which ordained that to achieve this end, to refine the curve of a piece of furniture, or a ship’s keel, or the fuselage of an airplane, until gradually it partakes of the elementary purity of the curve of the human breast or shoulder, there must be experimentation of several generations of craftsmen. In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
What have you done today to rid yourself of the unnecessary heft you are caring around?
(h/t to Farnam Street)