I have discovered several new rules. They are so new that they are ancient.
a. There is always an easier way to do things. It goes by several names; sloppy, incomplete, and shoddy are just three of them. You can think of more.
b. The easier way is cheaper until they send you the credit card statement at the end of the month. Notice that little 18% interest fee they charge you? It is the modern equivalent of the iron collar they used to put on serfs in the Middle Ages. And they don’t even have to heat up iron in a forge to do it…
c. Everyone wants an easier way. If you can find one, you can sell it to them. Even if it is hard to get and hard to do, they’ll want it.
d. None of the great art, architecture, science, or technology was done using the easier way.
e. If George Washington had clothes dryers for winter in 1776, Valley Forge would not have been so miserable.
f. Most military campaigns can be made easier by killing unarmed civilians. If you can find them in your own neighbourhood you need not march long distances. You can kill more people on a cost-effective basis and in some cases you can thin out the relatives as well.
g. Dogs and cats do it the easy way.
h. The easy way means that you forget how to do it the hard way until the bearings on the flux capacitor go and then you have to start forging iron all over again. Wise people keep a supply of coal, iron, and blacksmiths in reserve.
i. The easy way uses up 300% more materials than the hard way.
j. The easy way tastes like corn starch and saccharine.
k. The easy way has potholes, detour signs, and no petrol stations for 45 miles.
l. You can never do it the same way twice with the easy way because they change the software daily.
m. Before you know what the term “software” meant you were smarter and harder and faster. Now you know you have surrendered a lot of your own skills.
n. The easy way feels slightly immoral, even if you have no morals to begin with.
o. The easy way stalls in the rain and cracks in the sun and looks bad in bright light.
p. The easy way is out of date. Passé. It needs to be updated more often than the calendar.
q. Lazy people spell ” the easy way ” as ” the ezi way “. Soon they will reduce it further to ” TEW ” on their cell phones.
r. Then the European phone designers will put an actual TEW button on the phone.
s. Then Chinese copy bureaus will make it a touch screen icon.
t. Then the Japanese design bureaus will make it a CUTE touchscreen icon, and produce a series of animé, manga, stuffed toys, and consumer electrical goods featuring the icon. It will either be lime green or pink.
u. Then the Chinese copy bureaus will copy the cute icon toys.