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    harpers.orgMeghan O’Gieblyn12/8/2130 min
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    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScout
      8 months ago

      Thought-provoking.

    • Ruchita_Ganurkar8 months ago

      Habit, it’s often said, is nature’s version of outsourcing, a way to off-load cognitive overhead to the rote movements of muscle memory and free up the mind to think about other things. At their most extreme, habits can slide into addictions and compulsions, patterns that resist our conscious efforts to break them.

      “In the future, if you want a job, you must be as unlike a machine as possible,”

      Repetition is a component of all ascetic traditions, and I like to think that my own habits constitute something like a spiritual discipline. My nature bends toward listlessness and disorder. Resolving to do the same thing each day, at the same time, has given my life a center