Simplicity and Self Awareness
In today's age of size charts for clothing, it's hard to find a proper fit. Small, Medium, and Large are standards set to try and squeeze more people in categories to make the shopping experience easier; but more importantly, its designed to stop the consumer from thinking and making decisions. The same is true with recipes, but what about the idea of customizing to fit individual standards. Sometimes a tablespoon is too little and sometimes it is not enough. But you'll never know if you haven't made the recipe before and discovered that. The difficulty in this is that figuring out personal tastes requires a level of self awareness that many people will forgo nowadays in search of an easier path. But what about the adventurers who step outside and learn how to sew to tailor clothes and cook to change the recipe? They are the ones who are wearing nicer clothes and eating better meals.
Artistically speaking, this has implications to everything from color palettes to mediums and so on chosen for you, by businesses that profit from the non-adventurers. I walk into an art store and know exactly what I am getting because of the experience, but it's just like any store and being overwhelmed with choices. Which salad dressing do I choose if I have 50 choices? The best answer may be something as simple as oil and vinegar. I wrote a little while ago about this limit of choice, but I am now thinking that it is more about being decisive about what works for you and where to draw the line. It's critical to gain experience and know what to do and when to do it. This all ties to the fact that when you walk into the store, you are bombarded with advertising trying to make choices for you. And it is a tempting trap to fall into. Be strong in your convictions and gain experiences by adjusting the recipe.