*For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong* – H. L. Mencken

For all those seeking to simplify complex and possibly intractable problems, ask first if there is sufficient understanding of the problem and its sources of complexity. It may well be that the approach to simplification are themselves simple, context free and domain free - an illusion.

The very notion that there are simple solutions to complex problems, without first establishing the boundaries of the solutions, the impacts of these *simple* solutions, and the assessment of the drivers of the problem in the first place is *simply* nonsense.