Reflection 226: Book Excerpts 55-57

May 9, 2011

Copyright © 2011 by Steve Perrin

From KNOW THYSELF: Adventures in Getting to Know My Own Mind by Steve Perrin. Available on

55. Making sense of the world takes work because the phenomena we attend to are frequently small, unclear, or ambiguous. This is particularly true if we are tired, distracted, in a hurry,or not paying attention. (Introduction, p. xxx.)

56. The quality of our attention gets shoddier every year as the outer clamor makes ever greater claim to whatever serenity is left in our heads. (Introduction, p. xxx.)

57. If we defer to those who would grab our attention, there is nothing left for us to spend on leading our own lives by simply being ourselves. (Introduction, p. xxxi.)



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