Distraction

Here is a word from Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra, back in 2005:

“The most dreadful enemy created by post-industrial culture, the culture of information technology and the image, is cunning distraction. Swamped by millions of images and a host of different situations on television and in the media in general, people lose their peace of mind, their self-control, their powers of contemplation and reflection and turn outwards, becoming strangers to themselves, in a word mindless, impervious to the dictates of their intelligence…

In the industrial era, people became consumers and slaves to things produced. In post-industrial society, they are also becoming consumers and slaves to the images and information which crowd out their lives.”

Fr Silouan Thompson

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