Tagged “overabundance”

  1. Avoid news

    In the past few decades, the fortunate among us have recognized the hazards of living with an overabundance of food (obesity, diabetes) and have started to shift our diets. But most of us do not yet understand that news is to the mind what sugar is to the body. News is easy to digest. The media feeds us small bites of trivial matter, tidbits that don’t really concern our lives and don’t require thinking. That’s why we experience almost no saturation. Unlike reading books and long, deep magazine articles (which requires thinking), we can swallow limitless quantities of news flashes, like bright-colored candies for the mind.

    — Rolf Dobelli, Avoid News - Towards a Healthy News Diet (PDF)

    Dobelli’s 2010 critique of ‘news’

  2. Abstinence, not antidotes

    From Simon Collison’s first newsletter offering of the year, somehow (via a chain of links I am unable to rebuild even 5 minutes after first following them) to Frank Chimero’s thoughts on burnout where this line about the exhaustion that proceeds from overabundance resonated:

    A disease of abundance requires abstinence, not antidotes.

    And thence to ‘The Burnout Society’ by Byung-Chul Han

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