[quote author=“Anthro”] I guess this raises a second question - does simplicity (like a single possession) need contexual organization for understanding? It is clear that the context is quite personal and has meaning only to that individual.
No, Anthro, I believe the simplicity you speak of seldom has a need for contexual organization for understanding. The simplicity of a single possession would normally speak for itself. If you had asked the same question in reference to other moments in a person’s life, you would probably have received numerous single answers relating to pleasure factors, perhaps deeply meaningful, perhaps simply joyful.
I find it much more interesting that the individuals responding did not perceive a relationship with “possessions” at this time in their life. In anticipation of death, it would seem possessions have no value. I think that is what everyone was trying to express. I considered writing that (the simplicity of nothing), but like the others, chose instead to use the opportunity to express a broader perception. Dying is an inward journey. Even the most treasured possession would seem rather superfluous and distracting.
Yes, we all ignored your request, but the opportunity to express what flowed through my thoughts was just too tempting to resist.