Medieval monks had a terrible time concentrating. And concentration was their lifelong work! Their tech was obviously different from ours. But their anxiety about distraction was not. They complained about being overloaded with information, and about how, even once you finally settled on somethin...By Jamie KreinerRead at Aeon
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St. Benedict by Fra Angelico, via Wikimedia Commons We might imagine that life in a monastery...St. Benedict by Fra Angelico, via Wikimedia Commons We might imagine that life in a monastery is one of the safest, most predictable ways of life on offer, and therefore one of the least distracted. But “medieval monks had a terrible time concentrating,” writes Sam Haselby at Aeon, “and concentration was their lifelong work!” They […] Medieval Monks Complained About Constant Distractions: Learn How They Worked to Overcome Them is a post from: Open Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, or get our Daily Email. And don't miss our big collections of Free Online Courses, Free Online Movies, Free eBooks, Free Audio Books, Free Foreign Language Lessons, and MOOCs.