Achievement is highly valued in our culture.  Write a novel, run for office, score a goal… stand out and you’re the man. It is not generally recognized that achievement is, itself, another drug and pleasure that needs to be enjoyed in moderation. This society is on a mad achievement-high – a first rush of cocaine, and the extollation of the ‘peaks of human achievement’ follows. Mediocrity is deemed ‘excellent’ and we’re all suddenly over-achievers.  Our poor children…..

postscript (another board bit):  Virtually every story you can tell about memes, seems to be isomorphic to another story about ‘attention’.  We use ‘attention’ in two different(?) ways…

pps: One way is the mental spotlight that bring our current activity or thought into consciousness.  The other is when others bring us to the forefront of their consciousness: we attend and we garner attention.

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