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    "In all their simplicity"

    Hello,

    I encounter this phrase from a TED talk presentation by Ziyah Gafić. Below is the link of the transcript for the whole presentation:

    http://www.ted.com/talks/ziyah_gafic...pt?language=en

    My question is at the third paragraph to the last.

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    /Once all the missing persons are identified, only decaying bodies in their graves and these everyday items will remain. In all their simplicity, these items are the last testament to the identity of the victims, the last permanent reminder that these people ever existed. /

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    I just don't know how to understand the meaning of the phrase "In all their simplicity" in this paragraph. Can anybody give me an explanation within the context for this phrase?

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: "In all their simplicity"

    It doesn't mean a lot. But if you think of a testament as something quite formal/abstract/cerebral/complex, a hairbrush or a toothpick is simple.

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    Re: "In all their simplicity"

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    It doesn't mean a lot. But if you think of a testament as something quite formal/abstract/cerebral/complex, a hairbrush or a toothpick is simple.

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    Hello Bobk, thank you for your explanation, but I still kind of can not understand you. Does this phrase just mean that all these items are very simple compared to those formal/abstract/cerebral/complex testament?

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    Re: "In all their simplicity"

    Yes, that's it.

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