Seneca on Time & Attention

Our battle with time and attention spans centuries. Over 2,000 years ago, the philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca wrote about distraction in On the Shortness of Life:

No activity can be successfully pursued by an individual who is preoccupied … since the mind when distracted absorbs nothing deeply, but rejects everything which is, so to speak, crammed into it. Living is the least important activity of the preoccupied man; yet there is nothing which is harder to learn… Learning how to live takes a whole life, and, which may surprise you more, it takes a whole life to learn how to die.

And taking care of our time and attention:

People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy.

(via Brain Pickings)

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