Inspiring as it seems on first inspection, the self-help slogan “live in the present” slips rapidly out of focus. The idea that one can make oneself invulnerable to what happens by detaching from everything but the present is an irresponsible delusion. Despite this, there is an interpretation of living in the present, inspired by Aristotle, that can help us to confront the present crisis and the perpetual crises of struggle and failure in life.
"The Problem of ‘Living in the Present’" is from the September 11, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Kieran Setiya and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.