The Pause Before the Storm

According to Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do.” In today’s rapid-paced reactionary world, it appears that many of us are all offended, offensive or both. Spend a little time on Twitter, Facebook or watching mainstream media outlets. Notice how offended or offensive gets the coverage, the likes, the retweets and the comments. The steady stream of personal attacks and outrage are, well, outrageous.

With an inbuilt fight-or-flight response, it’s hard not to stop and stare at the spectacle and be either offended or offensive. Remember the last time you resisted — or attempted to resist — the temptation to check out Twitter or connect to another app? Were you successful? Probably not; possibly the result was one storm after another, with no break.

The constant feeling of connectedness and activity might lead some people to become anxious and stressed.Possibly it is the constancy of the connectedness rather than the connectedness itself that is making the difference.

A February 5, 2008, news release from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago cited a study by Dante Chialvo, professor in the Department of Physiology, on a related topic: “People with unrelenting pain …have trouble sleeping, are often …

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