To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, subtract things every day. (Lao Tzu)
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What if you turned subtraction into an actual daily practice?”
“What do you have in mind?”
“Additive thinking is our default. It’s effortless. Subtractive thinking however does not happen unless intentionally activated. It takes effort because it triggers a feeling of loss.
To do it consistently, you need to have Simplicity as a primary value. This is the first step.
The next step is to actually ask yourself subtractive questions every day:
What can you eliminate?
What if you eliminated x?