What Unimportant Things Do You Focus On Too Much?

Do you find that you spend your time worrying about unimportant things, while ignoring big ones?

If so, you’re not alone. Focusing on trivial things is such a part of the human condition, there are even adages warning against it.

For example, take the phrase, “Penny wise, pound foolish.” Saving money on little things is meaningless if you waste money on big-ticket items.

Also, consider the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” If we can only focus on the important things in life, it will save us time and even health in the end.

And yet, we often obsess over tiny details. Why would a person may behave this way?

For one, you may not know how to attack a big problem, but you can solve a small one. Thus, you turn your attention to what you know how to do. I can’t fix climate change, so I’m going to obsess on cleaning my house.

Alternately, you may not even realize there is a bigger issue. For example, you may be promoting one political opponent over another, without realizing that money in politics is a corrupting influence on both parties.

Sometimes, a smaller concern is simply more appealing. Ultimately, watching a TV show may not be important, but it’s more fun than doing your taxes.

Whatever the reason, every one of does this to some extent.

To combat this, we need to accurately determine the relative importance of things. In addition, we need to have the determination to tackle the big problems or issues as they come up.

Are there specific minor things that you find yourself obsessing over, at the expense of more significant issues? What unimportant things do you focus on too much?

Related questions: What is important? Is our attention fractured? What deserves your attention?

What Trait Is Most Missing From Our Society?

I often hear people lamenting some trait that has gone missing from our society. If we want to go back to happier, more productive days (so the theory goes) we need to return a particular behavior to our national discourse.

For example, some say we need civility. Others might suggest we have a lack of honesty. Or respect, compromise, empathy, or even a willingness to listen.

Is there a particular trait or behavior that we seem to be missing? Which ones do you think are most important to a healthy society?

Related questions: Why are we so antagonistic? What makes a community? Why do we hate? How important is respect? Where is society failing?

Swear Like A Sailor Or Clean As A Whistle?

Do you tend to swear a lot when you talk? Or is your speech profanity free? What do you think of people who use colorful language?

Share why if you wish.

Swear Like A Sailor Or Clean As A Whistle?

Personal Rights Or Convenience?

Using a smart phone is definitely convenient. But it also means you are carrying a tracker with you everywhere you go. Which is more important to you, your personal rights (like privacy) or your convenience?

Share why if you wish.

Personal Rights Or Convenience?