The whole and its parts

The whole & its parts

Attention robbers

Attention is a strange partner. It’s there and then it’s gone.

It’s there when you are giving your attention to something or someone.

It’s gone because you gave it away.

It’s there as you pay attention to someone or something.

It’s gone at the moment other thoughts pop up and take your attention.

To help us focus, our brain filters everything it believes unnecessary at that moment.

It’s this filter that allows us to pay attention. At the same time, it robs everything else from our attention.

When we are multitasking, then we switch our focus from one to another. Focusing means using a filter. We can’t focus on two things at the same time.

We can pay attention to the different steps of a process, the details, the things we see or hear. But we can’t see the whole picture at the same time.

We can step back and see the whole picture, grasp it with our senses and imagination. We can’t see the details at the same time.

And yet, we try to do both at the same time. Or is it forget that there is a different view?


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