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I think he was right. He cannot stop texting because he has become neurally incapable of not texting. This is the culture we live in, and the kind of students we are increasingly getting in our universities.
This student, like many today, "submit[s] passively to the insatiable requriements of a society maddened by overstimulation and obsessed with the demons of noise, voyeurism, and speed." (Thomas Merton, Seeds of Destruction, 232)
What can rescue us from this? What is required today in order to discern culture and events? Needed are spiritual disciplines such as:
- fasting (voluntary self-denial for the sake of attending only to God)
- observing days of silence (enter the world of non-text)
- living, often, in retreat from the world (so as to meanignfully re-engage with it)
- getting alone with God (solitude)
Reacquire the lost, ancient spiritual practices.