When [subject] is just [simple description]. When [some ideology] just exists because of [some reason] When [person] would just [do something simple or change something "small" (from the POV of the person speaking, of course) about themselves] When I hear phrases of these forms, there's a little internal sensor that buzzes in my head as if to say "that says so much more about the person saying it than it does about [subject]." Every time I've heard a statement of this form in the past few days/weeks, I've either 1. known so much about the subject that I was bursting to point out what a ridiculously aggressive claim it was, or 2. known nothing about the subject, and thought "yeah... that sounds like it would make things better in that area." In either case, I feel like, when you think a situation can be phrased in that way, it's almost a sure thing that you don't understand it. It happens when describing things and making (usually political/religious) claims [Any organized religion] is just about control. We just need to realize neither [view X] nor [view Y] is better than the other. If people would just let go of their preconceptions, they would see that [some truth, usually the one I'm trying to tell them] is the real one. If democrats would just stop such irresponsible/wasteful spending... If republicans would just stop trying to legislate morality... If the Israelis and Palestinians would just learn to share their land... If people would just stop being influenced by the media so much... If drivers would just stop doing [whatever it is I happen to find stupid at the moment]... If people would just put themselves in each others' shoes, rather than making judgments, they'd see that... The last one is my favorite, because it presupposes the other person's ability to empathize effectively and understand your point of view, even though (for all you know) they may not have that ability. This tends to break down when it comes to teaching, because the bet professors I've ever had in science courses were the ones who could say "[this hard concept] is just [this easier one], because [list of similarities]." When applied to broad topics, though, and especially topics that involve people and their motives/actions/beliefs, they tend to be very shortsighted and overly simplistic solutions to very rich and detailed problems. When do you guys most find yourselves saying "[complicated subject] is just [simple adjective]" or "[complicated situation] exists for [simple reason]"? How sure are you that you're right in your assessment, and how much time have you spent actively trying to understand the people who disagree with it?