It is not a luxury or a distraction

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Michael30000, Jan 30, 2018.

  1. Michael30000 Senior Member

    Hello everyone,

    From the book Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman.

    In such a time, opting to pause and reflect, rather than panic or withdraw, is a necessity. It is not a luxury or a distraction—it is a way to increase the odds that you’ll better understand, and engage productively with, the world around you.

    I'm not sure what the meaning of distraction s in the context above.
    distraction - Dictionary of English

    Is it the same distraction as in "Fishing is his major distraction" (that which amuses, entertains, or diverts; amusement; entertainment:)
    or is it something that prevents concentration?

    Thank you.
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  2. truffe2miel

    truffe2miel Senior Member

    French (France)

    I feel it might be the second: a lack of concentration. The first part of the sentence does not insist on having fun but on pausing, pulling to a stop and thus probably delaying something. The core idea sounds like this delay isn’t caused by one’s mind being distracted but by the need the think things through.
  3. lingobingo

    lingobingo Senior Member

    English - England
    I would say it’s the first definition of distraction – a diversion or recreation.

    Opting to pause and reflect … is not a luxury or something intended for your enjoyment or relaxation, it’s a way of aiding understanding.
  4. Michael30000 Senior Member

    Truffe2miel, lingobingo, thank you.

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