Fight the Poverty of Attention
Oh, that my people would listen to me. (Psalm 81:13)
“Attention is focused mental engagement on a particular item of information.”1 I’ll bet you’re finding that difficult to do, aren’t you — paying attention? As you read this are other flies of information buzzing around your head?
Ever since sin clouded the human mind with disparate impulses and voices, paying attention, particularly to the right things, has been hard. But it’s never been harder than it is now.
Humans “create as much information in two days now as we did from the dawn of man through 2003.”2 The average adult in the West wades through the equivalent of 174 newspapers worth of information per day.3
The sheer amount of competitors for our attention in the marketplace of information is forcing the size of consumable information to shrink. We’re increasingly consuming information in bites not meals. And this…