One of the greatest talents we have as a species must be the ability to distract ourselves, to avoid what we don't want to deal with, or even to not be with ourselves.

We rely on music and YouTube to crowd out thoughts and silence. We use Twitter to add to and amplify the sopporific buzz that is social media.

We travel or watch movies to get away (from ourselves.) We buy things we don't need, and sometimes don't even want, for the momentary escape.

We even work to get away from ourselves. And this is something I'm am all too familiar with.

This level of avoidance of the present can't be good in the long run.