To be desired is perhaps the closest anybody in this life can reach to feeling immortal.
| John Berger
All stories are also the stories of hands — picking up, balancing, pointing, joining, kneading, threading, caressing, abandoned in sleep, cutting, eating, wiping, playing music, scratching, grasping, peeling, clenching, pulling a trigger, folding.
∆ John Berger, From A to X: A Story in Letters
Every decision we make is less so a choice to do that very thing and more so a choice to not do everything else.
At some point we might have to give up stuff that isn't even necessarily even bad for us so that we can choose to spend time on things that push the needle forward for our careers, relationships, and self.
What we make time for is ultimately what matters.
John Muir when asked about the word "hike": I don't like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains. Do you know the origin of that word saunter? It's a beautiful word. People used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply, 'A la sainte terre,' 'To the Holy Land.' And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not 'hike' through them.
It’s important for me to link my critique of the attention economy to the promise of bioregional awareness because I believe that capitalism, colonialist thinking, loneliness, and an abusive stance toward the environment all coproduce one another. It is important because of the parallels between the economy does to an ecological system and what the attention economy does to our attention. In both cases, there’s a tendency towards an aggressive monoculture, where those components￼ that are seen as “not useful” and which cannot be appropriated (by loggers or by Facebook) are the first to go. Because it proceeds from a false understanding of life as atomized and optimizable, this view of usefulness fails to recognize the ecosystem as a living whole that in fact needs all of its parts to function. Just as practices like logging and large-scale farming decimate the land, an overemphasis on performance turns what was once a dense and thriving landscape of individual and communal thought into a Monsanto farm whose “production” slowly destroy the soil until nothing more can grow. As it extinguishers one species of thought after another, it hastens the erosion of attention.￼