The louder, brighter, bigger and more obnoxious a stimuli is, the more we are likely to have a response. It does not matter how we respond, whether positive or negative, just that we will have a type of response or opinion. And the flashier it is, the more immediate and urgent our reaction.
This obsession with distraction allows us to escape the everyday. It allows us to view the world though a perspective that we choose. We get to define the terms of the world through our response to a single event/person/situation. Unfortunately, this starts to infect all our views of our world and we can bring that into our daily life.
These responses can distract us from the subtle, sublime, nuanced, or mundane situations in our lives. The distraction viewpoint becomes our “normal.” And our habitual response to daily stimuli becomes grandiose and exaggerated. To maintain our authentic selves we need to remove the distraction and choose to adhere to the power of abstraction (thought).
No matter our age, we are all intellectual, sentient, conscious individuals. With the explosion of technology we are faced with a greater and greater number of distractions. We are asked more than ever to have to make the choice of thought. We have to choose to deliberately turn away from responses to distractions and work to remain in the present. We have the power of abstraction….we just have to turn away from screen sometimes.