In response to my post about ignorance and curiosity, my friend Jason Kottke pointed to a scene in the movie Lady Bird, summarized by critic A.O. Scott:
Sister Sarah Joan (Lois Smith), the principal, has read Lady Bird’s college application essay. “It’s clear how much you love Sacramento,” Sister Sarah remarks. This comes as a surprise, both to Lady Bird and the viewer, who is by now aware of Lady Bird’s frustration with her hometown. “I guess I pay attention,” she says, not wanting to be contrary.
“Don’t you think they’re the same thing?” the wise sister asks.
The idea that attention is a form of love (and vice versa) is a beautiful insight.
Which made me think of a line by John Tarrant I quoted in Keep Going: “Attention is the most basic form of love.”