Discomfort, Attention, and Character

Authors

  • Adam Benjamin Smith

Keywords:

Comfort, Discomfort, Attention, study hard, Simone Weil, snuff films

Abstract

Does your capacity to “pay attention” have anything to do with your
moral character? What does studying for exams have to do with
becoming a good person? In this essay, I argue that these things are
connected: paying attention is about getting comfortable with
uncomfortable things, and this “comfort with discomfort” is a mark of
good character.

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Published

2019-09-27