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>another day wasted shitposting on /lit/ instead of reading
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>>17971516
I feel you bro, there's just no escape for us NEETs
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>>17971516
By my age Rimbaud had already written his masterpiece and abandoned poetry
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Obligatory
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>>17971516
What the fuck is wrong with you? Is this board more worthwhile than reading literature? Perhaps you actually don’t like reading that much?
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>>17971654
i tried reading this once and got filtered hard.
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>>17971896
How so? It's a breeze?
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>>17971516
Same
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>>17971881
I'm not OP, but what prevents me from reading much is my OCD which cuases me to reread every single line 500 times, thus making the act of reading painful. I also have anxiety about not truly understanding what is being said, and so I say "better not to have read at all instead of pretending like I understand", so I never pick up a book. I can't even read short stories because my interest usually drops after five pages and I have to continually refresh 4chan and reddit every two pages into a book. Send help
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>>17971548
>By my age Mary Shelley had written the Modern Prometheus and started the genre of science fiction
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>>17971904
i suspect because ive never read the philosophers he kept name-dropping. must i or should i just continue on?
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Hi, I'm anon and I'm a parasocialine addict.
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>>17971922
What did she do to help the world? Everyone in the past did nothing to stop the dystopia. Fuck them.
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>>17971950
The world has always been a dystopia fren
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>>17971950
Yeah
Fuck 'em
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>>17971516
Nigga we dont read we just make up random shit about the names they post herr
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>>17971938
Same
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>>17971962
This. At best we read encyclopedia articles, prefaces, table of contents, etc...
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>>17971958
The world has always been fucked up, but not a dystopia.
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>>17971972
Don't forget indexes
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>>17972045
Yeah that too.
>some anon asks you what some author thought of a particular subject
>oh shit, gotta check the index
>uhh, aha, here it is
>read the excerpt on the topic
>relate it to the anon
>appear knowledgeable and win (you)s
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>another day wasted listening to the same karia nomoto album I've been listening for a week and thinking on dropping out of college
I read 10 pages of the Map and the Territory though, not liking it so far.
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>>17971516
Is reading posts on /lit/ literature?
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>>17971654
>Obligatory
Why is this obligatory? What is it about?
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>>17971516
>Mozart composed over 600 pieces of music and died at 35
>Enrico Fermi wrote a doctoral level essay that solved the partial differential equation of a vibrating rod at 21
>Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz taught herself Latin, Greek logic and Nahuatl, garnered the reputation of a genius and wowed a panel of 40 college professors at the age of 17 when they tested her knowledge of philosophy, math and history
>Picasso surpassed his father at 14
>Pascal invented his own mathematical terminology and independently discovered most of Euclid's geometric proofs by age 12, at 16 he wrote an essay on conic sections that was so advanced it lead Descartes to believe Pascal's father had written it
>Rimbaud published his first work at 15 and wrote "The Drunken Boat" at 16
>By age 3 John Stewart Mill had learned Greek. At 8 he had read all of Herodotus's Histories and Plato's dialogues. By age 10 he had mastered Latin and Greek and read most of their major works in their original languages.
>At age 12 anon discovered shitposting. The end.
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>>17971516
All of my social interaction comes from 4chin
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>>17971921
Same
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>>17972299
For every one of these there are 100,000 accomplished people who weren't doing shit at a young age
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>>17972187
I think Barthes would say so
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>>17971516
Same here anon. Is there no escape? Been trying to leave for years at this point.
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>>17971516
don't be sad, i've been doing the same thing on /v/ today
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>>17971516
i read and shitposted, finished eugene onegin today started third volume of proust
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>>17972162
the first 30 pages or so of all of houellebecq are usually boring, save for submission
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>>17972299
why are normies so obsessed with being special or making an observable impact and being transformed into a brand. clearly the downside of the age of individualism
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>>17971921
relatable. you shouldn't treat things like puzzles to be solved. set a timer for 30-40 minutes, stand up and just stare at a corner or blank wall of your room. you're not allowed to turn back until the timer rings. after that you will find yourself better off, especially if you suffer from a context-switching mind
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>>17972812
oh and try to think just about the wall while doing it. if you find yourself drifting away then gently push yourself back to the wall. analyze the wall, get lost in the texture of it, and so on
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>>17971950
>Everyone in the past did nothing to stop the dystopia.
I can think of many who tried.
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It sounds to me like you have obstructive sleep apnea or UARS due to a combination of underdevelopment of the jaw associated with the modern diet and accumulation of adipose tissue that contributes to airway dysfunction during sleep. As a result, you struggle with motivation. Best of luck to you.
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>>17972773
>>17972755
we'll do better tomorrow, r-right?
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>>17972843
you know what, I'll actually think of you tomorrow while I'm also trying to do get some things done
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>>17972792
I don't think it's just a normie thing. Coming to terms with your own relative inferiority compared to exceptional people is a fairly common human experience. It's like Raskolnikov's whole thing with Napoleon and his obsession with being a great man.
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>>17971516
I shit post at work
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>>17971516
Is there anyway to get paid for shitposting? It's the only thing I'm good at.
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>>17972945
if pol is right, you can work for jidf or the 50 cent army
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>>17971921
Your brain is a lot more malleable than you think, give it some more credit. Reading in short bursts literally creates new neurons out of nothing, isn't that cool? Keep doing that and soon enough you won't be soaring high, but you'll definitely see a noticeable difference you can be proud of
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>>17972478
This sounds like cope to justify staying on your ass.
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>>17972162
what year and what major?
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>>17971516
One time I was in rehab for 3 months. No phone, no computers. Just group therapy and a lot of free time. I filled several notebooks with writing, and all I wanted to do was read.

Then I got home, booted up the computer and haven't written a page since. I will read for 1hr a day if I'm feeling good.
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>>17973284
4th, CS.
I can't stand any of it.
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>>17971881
>>17971921
In my case I start to feel lonely when going from the stimulating social environment of 4chan to a single book.

>>17971938
>parasocial
Reminds me of my dad when he was deep into watching Shameless and other tv series. He would refer to the characters by first name like they were his friends :(
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>>17973274
Not really. Just stating reality in response to delusional blackpill weirdos
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>>17973362
>delusional blackpill weirdos
it's called reality sweaty, don't @ me
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>>17972792
enormous superiority complex and totally unjustified sense of their own intelligence. the kind of people that in all seriousness go around believing they have a brilliant mind despite having no accomplishments, think they could compose a great work if they didn't have a proclivity for sitting 12 hours a day in front of a screen.
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>>17973595
>it's called reality
You were literally responding to my post stating that it is not anywhere near "reality". 99% of accomplished people weren't doing shit at a young age, with zero accomplishments or insights
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>>17973740
>they could compose a great work if they didn't have a proclivity for sitting 12 hours a day in front of a screen.
As if it's their fault most of the time. Modern technology and distractions is designed by millions of intelligent people to be as addicting and time consuming as possible. Im willing to bet many people who composed "great works" in the past would have fallen prey to the same problem if they were living in the 21st century.
Anyway, im not a "great man" but I used to spend 12 hours a day in front of the computer too. And eventually disciplined myself out of this self destructing cycle, went back to school, got my degree, and now consider myself a pretty accomplished person in my particular field, fulfilling some of the potential I've been told I have from friends and family since I was a child. I will not doubt many of those people are just like me
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>>17973761
There are many, many very impressive people with full schedules in the current day. People who spend all day online have nothing else in their life and no drive to do anything else. If you were such a great mind, bursting at the seams with ideas and passions, you wouldn't be here all day. Simple.

>b-but everyone is on social media!

Yeah, they check it for 10 minutes here and there between things, not day-long binges at the expense of this great work they're meant to be composing.
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>>17973805
You're delusional and not understanding what is being said. For many of those who are online all day and have lost their drive to do anything else, it is not an indication of the entirety of their potential, nor is it the absolute manifestation of their entire being. It does not mean that they have no "great mind, bursting at the seams with ideas and passions". You don't understand the nature of addictions at all, and many terminally ill online addictions is no different from the destructive addictions of other vices that holds people back. I used to have an endless amount of ideas and would feel passionate but would never start on anything because I had zero discipline and my internet addiction had rewired my brain to seek only endless, easily accessible novelty requiring zero effort. J would have a couple months of explosive productivity and then slowly fall back to my old addiction. Getting over that and my new habit of day drinking was one of the hardest periods of my life.
You see the internet and digital distractions as inconsequential little toys that has no serious effect on anything, I see it on par with the most addictive of vices and drugs.
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>>17973805
>bro there are people who have a couple drinks at the bar or play a few rounds of poker and that's it! Therefore alcohol and gambling addictions cannot exist.
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>>17973805
Lots of great people throughout history have fallen prey to some form of addiction that destroys them, though. You make it sound like these intellectuals are superhumans that don't suffer from the human condition like the rest of us lower beings do
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>>17973805
The internet as we know it is a fairly recent invention. Wait a few decades and you'll see what becomes of the children who were born into the digital age.
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only on /lit/ would they be reconcile their crippling addiction to one of the biggest cesspools online with their unwavering belief that they are special mind on par with Rimbaud and Mozart

being called gifted as a child really does a number on you.
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>>17973844
>YO Let me just repeat my retarded take for the third time ignoring everybody describing why its wide sweeping generalization is idiotic! THIS time I'll be RIGHT!!!
I'll never be anything because I'm an idiot, not because I waste time on the internet you stupid faggot
>Rimbaud and Mozart
Cool now post the million other great minds that were still shoveling shit when they were the same age as these two at their height
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>>17973263
>Reading in short bursts literally creates new neurons out of nothing
No it doesn't.
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>>17971654
>Obligatory
Stop larping
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I've been reading East of Eden over the last two days. The writing is obviously great, but the story and characters are all depressing af. Does anything happy happen in this novel?
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>>17972812
>>17972818
I used to do those breathing exercises (or meditation, I guess you can call it) which sound just like what you describe. They really do help. Don't know why I ceased practising it.
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>>17973761
>>17973823
This Anon gets it
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>>17973263
Yeah, what I try do now is I read the presocratic fragments. They're usually no more than two or three lines long, but each is pregnant with meaning.
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>>17971516
You can't shitpost without reading other posts.

You are reading, just not good quality content.
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>another day wasted reading instead of shitposting on /lit/
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>>17971921
>>17975209
What kind of stuff are you reading? Most stories aren't really that hard to understand.

Also, take it easy, don't take reading too serious.
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>>17975283
To tell you the truth, I primarily read philosophy, e.g. Plato, Aristotle, Hume. After sometime had passed, my brain suddenly started thinking that I must take notes on fiction as well. I couldn't give you a précis of what happened in each scene of Hamlet off the top of my head, and my brain starts panicking and just says to itself "Why even read at all?" As I've said before, I suffer from OCD. The only thing that's really helped me much is calm meditation. I know none of this is rational in the slightest, but I don't know how to dispell these thoughts from my mind.
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>>17972299
I feel like I could get really good at something if I just focused on it but im not sure what, I have too many interests. Im jealous of people who figure out what they want to do at a young age and focus solely on that their entire lives.
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>>17975449
Try dedicating 1 hour to one pursuit and 1 hour to another
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>>17971950
I think its about the ability to feel like youve achieved something anon



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