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Distracted-- the Coming of a New Dark Age; Rob Kall Interviews author Maggie Jackson

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Maggie Jackson:-Yes, it is. I do think that we're off-kilter because we're allowing our environment to go off and control our attention. In other words, we're very reactive. It's the new beat, the new ping, the new something. I think that's why people get through the workday and feel that they never got anything done, that they've barely kept their head above water, simply because they're always reacting. In other words, they're always paying attention to what's new in their environment, but are they really able to keep hold of those, especially those deeper, messy gray-area goals that you really do need to be challenged by.-

Rob Kall:-Your forward is by Bill McKibben, who is a well-known and respected environmentalist. He writes how distraction has always been a human condition, but now every force conspires to magnify that inattentiveness. Technology has made distraction ubiquitous; we're almost always in reach of something to fill our brains. And he talks about how this book of yours explores what it means to be human in the early twenty-first century. And that really hit me, because one of my favorite books is by Robert Wolff; the book called, "What It Is to Be Human."

Maggie Jackson:-I haven't heard about that.

Rob Kall:-The book describes his interactions with an indigenous tribal culture in Malaysia that is now gone, destroyed, wiped out by Malaysia's attempt to kind of clear out the forests.- And this was a people that lived in totally the opposite (type of society).- They had no technology, and they were all about sitting quietly, connecting with nature, and with each other.- That's so far from where we've gone.- And Maggie, what's your website?-

Maggie Jackson:-It's Maggie hyphen Jackson dot com.

Rob Kall:-Maggie, you talk in your book about how trust is a factor in all of this.

Maggie Jackson:-Absolutely.

Rob Kall:-How does trust fit in to attention and distraction?

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