It’s Sunday night here in Japan and the long holiday weekend is coming to an end. I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving. We got together with some great friends and had a wonderful time. The only atrocity was the fact that I neglected to get my hands on a piece of pecan pie.
I’ve been keeping my online profile low for the past week. I’m trying to separate myself from the constant stream of online outrage masturbation. Every day there is a new offense, a new outrage, a new campaign and frankly I just don’t give a fuck.
A part of me wants to just delete all my social media and get the fuck off the internet. But in between all the stupid, I have some great conversations with outstanding people, and I’ve discovered great writers, musicians, and artist through my online relationships. And of course, as an independent writer, the internet is indispensable to my work.
I’m reorienting my internet time, I’m going to only focus on social interactions centered around reading, writing, and other intellectual pursuits. Spending even seconds on idiotic flame wars or other stupidity is counterproductive and spiritually draining, so I’m going to be blocking and muting a lot of people.
To quote Jack Donovan’s latest book A More Complete Beast:
Today, the men who value Strength, Courage, Mastery, and Honor- the men who love being men and who want to be more of what they are- tend to become frustrated, angry and reactionary. I understand these frustrations and I understand the anger, but you can’t turn back the clock and return to some idealized version of the past. The future is all that you have ahead of you, and the best way to improve your own life is to create a positive vision for your own future and begin to shape the world around you.
My focus for the upcoming year is to continue to improve myself physically, intellectually, and spiritually. A critical task due to being a new father. I have no time for nonsense.
In other news, I’m working on the initial research on what will become my first long project. Meanwhile, I’m typing away at several short stories and have two currently out for submission.
My reading is currently focused on nonfiction. I’m reading The Square and the Tower by Niall Ferguson and as soon as I’m finished I’m going right into Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition. I have a rather significant backlog of reading material.