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How We Spend Our Days Is How We Spend Our Lives: Annie Dillard on Presence Over Productivity

Alex Hamstra

“The life of sensation is the life of greed; it requires more and more. The life of the spirit requires less and less.”

...though some have argued that today’s age is one where “the great dream is to trade up from money to meaning,” there’s an unshakable and discomfiting sense that, in our obsession with optimizing our creative routines and maximizing our productivity, we’ve forgotten how to be truly present in the gladdening mystery of life.

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