The Truth is More Complicated

Virtually every statement of fact can be appended with the sentence, “The truth is more complicated.”

8th grade physics is a simplification of high school physics, which is a simplification of college physics, which is a simplification of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics…which are simplifications of how the world actually works. The truth is more complicated.

The rules of counterpoint and harmony, as written in our theory textbooks, are simplifications of how Bach himself conceived of music. The truth is more complicated.

Our models for predicting global climate change are as accurate as we can make them; the truth is more complicated.

You may not always want to say it out loud, but whenever you teach a concept, consider reminding yourself that the truth is more complicated. If you can define in what ways it’s more complicated, you’re well on your way to a deeper understanding of the thing.