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Why a Futurist Threw Away His Smartphone

By Benjamin Butler

 

Daegu, South Korea

Somehow, in our modern civilization, we have acquired the idea that the mind is working best when it runs at top speed. Yet a racing mind lacks time even to finish a thought, let alone to check on its quality. When we slow down the mind, we work better at everything we do. Not only is the quality of our work better, we are actually able to get more done. A calm, smooth-running flow of thought saves a lot of wear and tear on the nervous system, which means we have more vitality and resilience in the face of stress.

 

Eknath Easwaran, Words to Live By

A number of months ago – I lost count – my brand new BlackBerry broke. After not touching them for years I thought I would give them another chance. I liked the keyboard and it was a bit of a novelty to have one again. I decided that I would try life without a smartphone for a few months, especially since I just ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.


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