The Basics

The restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. (George Orwell, 20th-century writer)

Someone might be criticized for always stating the obvious. After all, if it is so well-known, why is repeating it necessary at all? On the other hand, no constructive progress can be made without beginning with what has already been discovered or stated. Overlooking the basics can be a major difficulty for successful planning.

The wise are known for their understanding. (Proverbs 16:21)