I have gradually come to realize that the source of many of my problems lies precisely in this struggle. Humans today lose their concentration after eight seconds. According to a much-referenced study, we humans are worse at concentrating than a goldfish. When he was a small boy, attending primary school, he shared his grand ambitions with his mother: This disquiet that we feel has been with us since the beginning; it is our natural state.
I suspect that the research on goldfish is extremely limited and that the performance of these creatures should be taken with a pinch of salt.
But ride these waves out, he concluded, and it will feel like finally getting a drink of water after many days in the desert.
I mention this study for the conclusions it draws about humans: We live in the age of noise. I sleep, wake up, check my phone, shower, eat and head off to work. Bliss-a second-by-second joy and gratitude at the gift of being alive, conscious-lies on the other side of crushing, crushing boredom.
Wed, 22 Nov The reason that it took me so long to understand this is that my days often pass on autopilot. Of course, I am not the first person to have such thoughts.
Perhaps it should be the other way around-that it might be good for people to occasionally be a little bit bored?
The philosopher and boredom theorist Blaise Pascal promoted this type of exploration as early as the s: Contrary to what I believed when I was younger, the basic state of our brain is one of chaos. It is difficult only to sit there.
To refrain from plugging themselves in. Whenever I fall out of this rut and sit quietly in a room alone, without any goal, without anything to look at, the chaos surfaces. Silence is almost extinct. My brain, which functions so well on autopilot, is no longer helpful.
We find an echo of Pascal in a note by the writer David Foster Wallace, who is from the same generation as me: The present hurts, wrote Pascal. Here I respond to messages, attend meetings, read and converse. To stop and wonder about what it is that we are actually doing.
And our response is to look ceaselessly for fresh purposes that draw our attention outwards, away from ourselves.
The constant impulse to turn to something else-TV series, gadgets, games-grows out of a need with which we are born, rather than being a cause. Of course, such opportunities for interruption have increased dramatically over the last century, a trend that seems set to continue.
To be, in a word, unborable. I have more faith in Steve Jobs as a responsible father than as a visionary marketing genius.
I often choose to do anything else rather than to fill the silence with myself. In the year it was twelve seconds, while the goldfish averaged nine.Jan 01, · Watch video · With 'Silence' promoted as Scorsese's year passion project, it was a film I couldn't resist seeing, the legend back behind the camera focusing on a subject not fully studied in cinema, a subject that's mostly misunderstood/10(K).
A Contrastive Analysis of Chinese and American Views about Silence and Debate Gu Xiao-le Harbin Institute of Technology Abstract As representatives of western and eastern cultures, China and America stand at the two. “Should the experience of China silence those who think that democracy is good for growth?” A democracy is ‘a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.’.
According to the International Monetary Fund, China has the world s second largest economy with a value of the countries Gross Domestic Product at around 8. Beginning with an ode to John Cage’s ground-breaking composition 4’33”, In Pursuit of Silence takes us on an immersive cinematic journey around the globe– from a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto, to the streets of the loudest city on the planet, Mumbai during the wild festival season – and inspires us to experience silence and.
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