Money, words, countries, cities, groups and individual identities are all simplifications. Like the sweetness of sugar, they are an incentive to action. Like natural sugar was an encouragement to binge on rare calories, simplifications are stories we understand. We can act with confidence instead of being dazed and confused by a world that is uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Like sugar, when you are able to wean yourself off the concentrated stuff, you can get to the nuanced, more interesting, flavours. We like people we feel we know. We love people we never really know, and are drawn back to. A simple world allows certainty. A complex world draws us in. Moving beyond the sugar.