Perhaps Mr. Holmes should have considered that there may be a need to go through complexity to get to simplicity.
Buddhist philosophy integrated is the ultimate simplicity. To love humanity without attachment, to live with joy but without becoming vested in the reasonably anticipated results or expectations of one's acts--the balance of high thinking and simple living--this is life's only true security, and perhaps paradoxically, it is life's only true freedom.
My personal belief system diverges from Buddhism, but Buddhist philosophy is an important part of what helped me to where I am now. It would be an act of patent ingratitude for me to denounce the ladder which helped me climb to the realization of the correct path for me.
Most of us are ruminating anyway--why not consider and examine concepts which could be useful to our respective journeys before dismissing them? One need not resonate with every component of every proposition for the inquiry to be of some benefit. Even if--upon examination--one finds a path decidedly incorrect for him or her, how can that thoughtful determination be a bad thing? Even though it would unquestionably be easier to shortcut the inquiry process and go directly to the belief system we each respectively need, that is not the reality of the process for most people. Pearls require friction for formation, as do human beings. It is the search which refines us.
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