In a culture that is enamored with here and now, and proximity of the rapid flow of daily events, we have unwittingly engaged what I think to be a somewhat innocently architected, lack of focus. Sort of like a baby in a crib so taken by a hanging mobile that he has forgotten his bottle was in his little hand.
We see and read through newish info age pipelines, of internet, and other rapid response media sources, aimed at prurient human interests, things that seem to take our eye off the ball so to speak, as a culture.
I have never read anybody nail this aspect quite so well as Seth Godin does in this blog today.
Look around you. Focus.
Take a look back.
It started there.