Most of you are too young to know the song The Arkansas Traveler. The traveler finds an old man sitting in his flooded cabin playing his fiddle in a downpour while the roof is leaking. The traveler asks why the man doesn’t fix his roof and the man looks at him likes he’s crazy and says he can’t fix it while it’s raining, and keeps fiddling. The traveler agrees but suggests that he wait and fix it on a sunshiny day. The old man, who obviously considers him a total fool, keeps on fiddling as he explains that his roof doesn’t leak when it isn’t raining.
Procrastination? Avoiding? Doing what we want instead of what we need?
In the Bible Peter is always blurting something out without thinking.
Some of Saul Bellow’s characters seem totally unable to get their life together.
Can you think of other examples suggesting ADD or ADHD, from literature or other artistic venues?