NEW! This shitty blog's new Theme Song 12, or is it 13? (update, 14?) below, couldn't post it again at top two posts in a row, gun pointed at my head could I name the other songs much less in the correct order? The fuck: No. The State of Jeff is above.
"I see our time as the age of the apocalypse, not in a Christian sense, but apocalypse understood as revelation: everything is being revealed in these times, stripped naked so the ugly sides are really allowed to shine. I see this as an absolute necessity – The Great Undressing – for us to progress at all in our development as humanity. That’s why I’m not depressed about the ‘current situation’. Actually, it’s a positive thing, since all births are hard, I suppose not least ‘world births’. This age of the apocalypse is the time when things are revealed anew. The earth trembles, we tremble, especially the sensitive, seismographically oriented thinking person, but unfortunately not most people."
That you weren't watching Second-Worst-Night-of-the-Week Helmetball proves the terrorists win.ReplyDelete
this morning i listened to lennon's "watching the wheels" and then read ezra klein's opinion essay "the great delusion behind twitter" and was struck by the parallels - the call for less hustle and bustle, and more quiet attentionReplyDelete
The cost of so much connection and information has been the deterioration of our capacity for attention and reflection. And it is the quality of our attention and reflection that matters most.
In a recent paper, Benjamin Farrer, a political scientist at Knox College in Illinois, argues that we have mistaken the key resource upon which democracy, and perhaps civilization, depends. That resource is attention. But not your attention or my attention. Our attention. Attention, in this sense, is a collective resource; it is the depth of thought and consideration a society can bring to bear on its most pressing problems. And as with so many collective resources, from fresh air to clean water, it can be polluted or exhausted.
or a non-paywalled link https://archive.md/X74tc