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February 3, 2014 10:34 PM   Subscribe

David Brooks explores the Art of Presence. (SLNYT) "I’d say that what these experiences call for is a sort of passive activism. We have a tendency, especially in an achievement-oriented culture, to want to solve problems and repair brokenness — to propose, plan, fix, interpret, explain and solve. But what seems to be needed here is the art of presence — to perform tasks without trying to control or alter the elemental situation."
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