|How can we become less avoidant and more present to life?|
"…with that meaningless apology we offer others when they’re around (“Sorry, just need to check this email”) and grant ourselves when we’re alone (‘Well, there might be something important happening somewhere in the world’), I check my phone, knowing that I needn’t. But as I set down the fat hardcover for a break, the sleek new interface of iOS 7 seems so easy, so efficient, so smart. And then: horrifying. The Twitter stream of a thousand thoughts in real time and the Instagram curation of an unsustainable aesthetic imposed on everyday living and the Facebook Likes and Friend Requests and Updates Updates Updates and the emails in my inbox about designing a smartphone app to win a chance to meet the Dalai Lama — “Tech for compassion!” it reads, and I shiver.
We live in era obsessed with capturing, keeping, sharing, spreading. But it is the moments we can hold only in our flawed and failing minds that make up our real lives. It is those moments, then, reckless and out of sight, uninstagrammable and untweetable and lost in the instant, that make us human."
From The Stanford Daily and by Jennifer Schaffer, Book Review: “The Circle” and the Masking of Workaholicism