Subtract enough and, eventually, what's not there becomes the story.
Less is not a loss.
Even better, when we learn by analogy, research has found, what gets extended from one problem to another tends not to be the potentially distracting details but rather the essence.
“..a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” Herbert Simon
We leave options by subtracting harmful ideas and policies, and we leave options when we clean up our things.