The Opposite of Evolution

How easy options are turning us into mindless hamsters.

John Peterson
Jan 28, 2016 · 9 min read

“The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” -Abraham Lincoln











Dacks

“When my girlfriend and I go out to dinner we have a rule: ‘No life portals.’ We leave our phones at home.”

Sarah

“I only read physical books, and I try to do it outdoors. Then I only have 2 options: Read, or sit there. I usually read.”

John

“I go into my iPhone Settings and block Safari. That kills a lot of my options for filling every slow moment with mindless phone checking.”

Spencer

“I deactivated Facebook, and now my life is more grounded. I keep in touch with fewer people, but each is a genuine, honest relationship. I’m not on the newsfeed; I’m spending more time living my life.”

Teddy

“I ban anything other than reading a book or long article during my commute. It is an hour of my life everyday that I will never get back and I don’t want to spend it searching for short term stimulation on my phone.”

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A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple. Mission.org