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Selective ignorance: cultivating intentional knowledge in a chaotic world

Selective Ignorance: Saying No To Stuff

  • Though we would like to, we cannot learn everything and do everything.
  • We need to be selective in our choices while consuming content from diverse sources, provided we find it enjoyable and worthwhile.
  • We have to say no to a thousand things to be able to focus on what truly matters and to cut out the noise.
  • Focusing selectively helps in removing distractions, reducing stress, and improving concentration.

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