「子供の教育に全然関わらなかったねぇ」「関わらなかったから、良かったんじゃなのかな」「他の家では お父さんが、積極的に関わりを持っていたのに」「大きなところで見守っていて 間違いがあれば口を出そうかと思っていたのに、間違えなかったから、口を挟むこともなかった」「うまいことを言ってるわ」「無用のように見えながら 役に立つ。無用の用だよ」と最近あった会話を思い出した。 英語の解説では 少し違っているようだが... less is more...。

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Boss: I'd like to thank each member of the product team for the successful launch.
Boss: Dilbert wrote the software.
Boss: Alice designed the hardware.
Boss: And Wally Um...... .
Wally: Attended most of the meetings.
Boss: That's all, you did?
Wally: I also played devil's advocate.
Dilbert: You didn't say a word during our meetings for seven months.
Wally: That's because you were doing everything right.
Boss: Did you do nothing for seven months?
Wally: This is one of "less is more" situations.

less is more = The notion that simplicity and clarity lead to good design.
Origin: This is a 19th century proverbial phrase. It is first found in print in Andrea del Sarto, 1855, a poem by Robert Browning:

Who strive - you don't know how the others strive
To paint a little thing like that you smeared
Carelessly passing with your robes afloat,
Yet do much less, so much less, Someone says,
(I know his name, no matter) - so much less!
Well, less is more, Lucrezia.

less is moreThe phrase is often associated with the architect and furniture designer Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe (1886-1969), one of the founders of modern architecture and a proponent of simplicity of style.

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