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The telescope of attention

We’re ideating everywhere, all the time. But it’s not so much about the information haul as it is the synthesis. We really don’t understand something until we write it down or draw it out.

Behind comprehension are two influential variables: our genes and the undercurrent of environmental factors. Some people look at society from the lens of jazz or football; culture is seminal external stimuli.

We are the sum total of our existence. In cultivating awareness, we choose the way we look at our surroundings. Once wrote Oliver Sacks, “I needed no telescope except my attention.”

The mind is in a perpetual state of recognizing novelty from rote thinking, from streams of consciousness to automation. Attention brings forth our internal weather and hails any adjustments.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of Discvr.blog and four books.