When I was teaching, one or two out-to-kill students inevitably distracted me with tapping and crinkling paper sounds. My focus was narrow, and tapping and crinkling were water torture. A whisper competed with my own attempt to communicate to the the class. Were I not saturated with diazepam, I could not focus on what I was saying.
Much education encourages narrow focused attention. “Pay attention,” is a phrase most of us have heard, at least I have, through grade school, meaning “focus narrowly on what I am saying or on what you are doing.” But constant narrow focus in managing experiences leads to a grad