“To leave the distracted masses to join the focused few, I’m arguing, is a transformative experience. The deep life, of course, is not for everybody. It requires hard work and drastic changes to your habits. For many, there’s a comfort in the artificial busyness of rapid email messaging and social media posturing, while the deep life demands you leave much of that behind. There’s also an uneasiness that surrounds any effort to produce the best things you’re capable of producing, as this forces you to confront the possibility that your best is not (yet) that good. It’s safer to comment on our culture than to step into the Rooseveltian ring and attempt to wrestle it into something better.”
The Principle of Least Resistance: Without clear feedback on the impact of various behaviors, we will tend toward behaviors that are easiest.
Busyness as a Proxy for Productivity: These unproductive behaviors can arise during the absence of clear productivity indicators. In this instance, even many knowledgeable workers will turn back toward an industrial productivity indicator: visibly doing lots of stuff