BN8: HOW TO DO NOTHING by Jenny Odell
For the full book: How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
THE ACT OF DOING NOTHING IS ACTUALLY ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO LEARN AND GAIN INNER PEACE
When people feel they do nothing, in most cases, they are actually making subconscious efforts to pick up information and register it in their brain. One of the techniques used in doing this is what’s called Deep Listening — an act where the mind picks audible information subconsciously. Deep listening includes listening to the sounds of daily life, nature, etc. The act of listening defines the level of inner peace anyone can have, regardless of the person’s state of mind. Listening absorbs the listener into a realm where he’s suddenly more conscious of his environment.
The power of doing nothing is lost in a lot of people — sometimes, doing nothing brings a better result than doing something. Over the years, people have employed inaction as a strategy for making the intentions known. Silence is a force that irritates oppressive powers and that’s why you must learn the power in it.
The inability to speak up might be corrected by not speaking at all. Inaction, when achieved, collectively sends a clear message to the powers that be. Jenny Odell has not only found a way to enhance the power of inaction, but she has succinctly explained why it’s important and essential to the growth of society. So, if you’re feeling too oppressed to speak up or you’re worried about being too active, this book by Jenny Odell is the life manual that you need.