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One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. -Nietzsche

  October 9, 2016

Tune Out, Turn Off Better

From a quick glance at the answer sheet before you begin, you survey how productive geniuses organize their days, and the educational programs they devised for those who they wished to learn about the world.

Then you transpose slightly and put theory into practice, as you are the best subject to offer for experiments when knowledge from experience is requisite.

"I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely happier for it."
Thomas Jefferson

"The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them, inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false."
Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell, 1807. ME 11:225

The most admirable people are those who know almost nothing about pop culture and instead think about interesting things and attempt their own exploration. They remain unfamiliar with fashionable TV shows, movies, celebrities, pop musicians, modern artists, or sports teams -- which saves you from conversation with dull people by removing the subjects they discuss.

Many years ago I reduced email frequency to skimming it once or twice a month. My phone is modern but stays on silent, neither texting nor calling unless for a purpose. I still don't understand social media and rarely use it.

On Jefferson's advice and realization that media is crazy drama and exaggerated stories to provoke an audience reaction, I finally accepted that news entertainment wasn't beneficial and could be skipped.

Like Jefferson, I am infinitely happier for it.


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