Attention may sound dull, but it is an essential aspect of consciousness. In fact, it governs what it is that we turn out to be conscious of, and therefore plays a part in the coming into being of whatever exists for us.
I recently parked at a roadside pullout to retrieve a cold drink from the ice chest in the back of my truck. I turned the engine off, thinking this would be a good place to perch on the tailgate for a bit and appreciate the beauty of the day and the place. I was in one of Utah’s national parks, scouting for a new workshop itinerary.
As I stood there, rummaging through the ice for the last can of iced tea, a car parked behind me. With the motor still running, the driver’s window slid partly ...