Hi there, and welcome to what is destined to become your new favourite blog. Unless, of course, you're not very cool. In which case, you probably won't like it very much.
My name is Lance.
I'm a Philosophy major using a philosopher's toolbox to investigate philosophy(*GASP*), politics, literature, nutrition & fitness, education, history, science, religion, technology, the general human condition, and more.
Activities that I enjoy include making bad jokes, playing chess, go, & other strategy games, solving puzzles, cooking, eating food drenched in hot sauce, exercising, reading, socializing, taking long walks, and generally striving towards self-improvement and living a fulfilling, virtuous, happy life.
I'd rather not establish a group-think echo-chamber, so I've purposefully left my various personal identities and "isms" out of my description:
Followers genuinely interested in what you have to say based on its merit are preferable to followers who follow because they agree with you ideologically or personally identify with your orientation, gender, race, etc.
A thoughtful counter-argument is always more appealing to me than unthinking agreement.
I had a hard time with it for a while, too. Even with topics I was extremely interested in, I could only get a bit of reading done before flaking out.
What worked for me and could potentially work for you: stop using the internet, televisions, cell phones, etc except in situations that absolutely require you to do so for two weeks. About a week and a half in, reading became something I could sit down and do for hours without becoming jittery or losing focus.
It may require a longer time for you due to the fact that this happened for me over summer break in high school. As a result, I didn’t have many responsibilities or requirements; thus the only electronics I used during that two weeks were occasional texts to tell someone that I wasn’t texting for x amount of time.
For those who are interested in my reasons for this recommendation, I recommend some reading material:
For those whom might have trouble reading full books, I’ll provide a shortened article by Carr and a video of Mander: