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    WIREDWIRED Staff12/1/9717 min
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    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScout
      2 years ago

      Yes! You are what you pay attention to.

      As I write this comment, I have a choice to make: I can spend 45 minutes writing it, or I can spend just 5 minutes. Or 5 seconds. In turn, you, reader, can ignore it, or spend 1 minute reading it, or you can read and re-read it and meditate on it for much longer. There’s really no upper limit. We make these choices day in and day out, but without nearly enough intentionality.

      Sometimes I look at one line from a poem for hours. It’s because the words are worth it. And because I can feel the depth of meaning. I can feel that the poet, in turn, put so much time and thought (meaning: attention) into it. And I want to explore every single decision, down to the punctuation marks, in detail, because I know that each decision was considered with great attention.

      Attention = thought x time = life

      When you tell someone “pay attention to what you pay attention to” you are actually saying “have a good life.”

      Readup is interesting because for the first time ever we have a chance to see what other people are paying attention to. There’s no other platform on the web that does that. The result is a profoundly special community.

    • deephdave
      Top reader of all time
      2 years ago

      Each time someone focuses directly or indirectly on anybody else, that can be thought of as a "transaction" in this new economy - a transaction that usually doesn't involve money.

      The very act of paying attention may seem voluntary, but often it is not completely so. There is a definite element of compulsion involved. It's no coincidence that people say things like, "I have to check out that Web site," "You've gotta watch that show," or "That book is a must read." And each of those activities takes physical as well as mental effort.