It is now harder to pay attention to any one thing and there is more to pay attention to. Things come at us fast and furious, relentlessly. And almost all of it is man-made, it has thought behind it, and more often than not, an appeal to either our greed or our fears. These assaults on our nervous system continually stimulate and foster desire and agitation rather than contentedness and calmness. And above all, if we are not careful, they rob us of time, of our moments.