I searched for my favorite childhood superhero story about Arjuna of Mahabhrata (ancient Indian text) taking aim at a bird in a cage, and lo! I found this post. It was wonderfully well-written with a beautiful illustration. So I am reblogging it.
Looking back, I think had understood the message wrongly. I now even think a lot of my attention difficulties arose as a result of my admiration of it.
There is an interesting video that gives a counterpoint: The Gorilla Experiment
. This experiment is being quoted now a lot to illustrate how we do not 'actually see' all that we see with our eyes. Anyone can try this experiment and verify that he is also a victim of this human limitation.
I have always thought that attention the target and disregarding all else is supreme. This may be true in the case of single-minded obsessions, which are actually rare in real life. The Gorilla Experiment demonstrates that when we bring any one feature of our observation into focus, we lose attention of a lot of other glaring things. This was lauded in the story I have referred here. But in reality a balanced attention would be preferable.
What are your thoughts on this?