Too Distracted To Develop Wisdom: Part One
We are a deeply distracted culture. Monitors and screens seem to exist everywhere we go, constantly drawing us in by their alluring images like Harry from the movie A Bug’s Life who couldn’t resist the beautiful light of the bug zapper. Our smartphones are perpetually in our pockets, buzzing and beeping to pay attention to them. We receive information and communicate in bite-sized chunks—we think in brief tweets, speak in sound bites, and can’t read more than a few paragraphs before becoming distracted and jumping over to something that doesn’t require as much mental focus and attention, like more cat video compilations.
And we do this to ourselves. No one is forcing media and technology on us. We desire it. We long for it. We can’t imagine even a couple hours without these treasured diversions, let alone an entire day. We would much rather be entertained than endure reading a book. We often choose to post about our meal rather than pay attention to the person we’re having lunch with. It is easy to place the blame on modern technology instead of assuming it ourselves. It is easy to take on the role of victim and talk about how hard it is nowadays. But the fact of the matter is that this is how we have chosen to live our lives.
We Are Addicted to Distractions
Addiction to distraction is not