M: MANY complain that there are more attention-seeking people nowadays. And yet, they follow these people on IG, FB, Twitter. I really don’t see the problem about seeking attention. We have the tendency to notice everything about other people while sometimes not taking notice of ourselves. Many people seek attention not just for the physical aspect but they want people to listen to them, understand them, accept them for who they are and not what they look like. But sometimes, we do not know what we want so we seek other people to follow, hoping we will attain the same level of attention or fascination that others have of them.
DJ: There’s nothing wrong with seeking attention. Sometimes it’s not just being fascinated with what’s new, what’s hot or what’s in. But the truth of the matter is that sometimes, people care too much. Sometimes for the wrong reasons. Keyboard warriors that do not think before they click; too frank or opinionated to the point of being condescending or bigoted. Some people are also prone to partial attention—too much focus on their online presence but not physically or mentally present in the here and now.
M: You say some people are prone to partial attention and that is true, chiefly because when one has so much going on, it can be that nothing’s really happening. It’s like going around in circles chasing your own shadow. You have to admit that sometimes, we have a short attention span because we get bored easily. We want everything fast, now.
DJ: It takes effort to keep one’s attention on something. Yes, we easily get bored and always want things interesting. Sometimes, many of these things are not even important. So let’s choose to focus on something greater than ourselves. Lent is a good time to focus on what is essential. These may not be tangible. In “The Little Prince” is says, “it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”