Don’t Fill Every Open Moment with Content

This is an interesting article that I found on the internet. Read the full post here.

Brett McCracken wrote about how it is good for us to have time in our lives that isn't always filled with content or distractions. It is our habit to take out our phones whenever we have even the smallest time of waiting. He quotes from Blaise Pascal to show that we fill our lives with noise because we are afraid of silence:

We are so unwise that we wander about in times that do not belong to us, and do not think of the only one that does; so vain that we dream of times that are not and blindly flee the only one that is. The fact is that the present usually hurts. We thrust it out of sight because it distresses us, and if we find it enjoyable, we are sorry to see it slip away.

There are some things we think are modern problems, but in reality, they have been experienced in the distant past (though it could be argued that it was experienced to a lesser extent). Trying to find distraction from our thoughts may seem to be new, but it was something observed in the 1600s.