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The surprisingly difficult art of doing less

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https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/6/11/18634202/the-joy-of-missing-out-svend-brinkmann-doing-less-digital-detox

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The surprisingly difficult art of doing less
It's a hallmark of modern life to always be on, to always try to cram as much experience as possible into as little time as possible. But at some point, this mad pursuit becomes counterproductive. There is just too much happening too quickly, and it's impossible to keep up.

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Chasing after the next goal

In our consumer culture, we end up buying more and doing more. To be satisfied is almost considered an offense because it means you're not chasing after the next thing.

Part of the same vicio...

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Missing out on life

Taking secularization into account, the idea that we don't live in order to obtain some kind of salvation in the afterlife leads to the belief that we have to achieve everything we desire in the he...

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The joy of missing out

We gain from it the chance to engage in activities and experiences that are deeper and more meaningful. Because the mentality of fearing that we will miss out makes us always worried that something...

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Victims of our own prosperity

Many people believe that the key to happiness is to have more choices, but it is really the opposite.

To free ourselves from the result of our consumer culture, we should work on our self-con...

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Enjoying the present

While some people can opt-out of the culture, most need to make the best of it within the system we have.

  • Reading a book is very disciplining. Most people have lost the ability to sit fo...

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