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A few years ago, I met a child who had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Hyperactive, he definitely was – he would run around an object in circles continuously. He was intelligent but would talk incessantly – moving from one topic to another in seconds. He wasn’t really less attentive; however, he would pay attention to something for a very short span of time and then move on to something else. Today’s article is a very well written write up on attention – or rather, paying attention (you have to pay for it). Here are some interesting lines by the author –

“Paying attention is not unrelated to discharging a debt, to offering tribute, to giving the entity that demands the attention something akin to cash. When you tell someone to pay attention, you are trying to take something from him, something that, one might assume, he does not wish to give: his focus, his presence of mind, his full being.”

“We bemoan the fact that young people (and sometimes we ourselves) cannot sit down and focus. We blame it on the Internet and social media and a permissive culture geared too much to pleasure and too little to discipline.”