Without the right thing, the mind will wander out || Acharya Prashant, on 'The Fountainhead' (2019)

Question: Pranaam Acharya Ji, while reading through ‘The Fountainhead’ I found that Howard Roark (the protagonist in Ayn Rand’s novel ‘The Fountainhead’) does not pay much attention to his past actions, and is rather attentive to what’s going on in the present with him. It is clearly evident in his conversations with others.

My mind always tries to always introspect the actions that have been done in the past, and tries to analyse and draw some conclusions from them. Why does the mind do it? Is it because it was not attentive to the incident when it first occurred, and hence it feels incomplete in it’s response and hence wants to revisit it?

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