- Jun 2020
Anyway! Your only responsibility is to do stuff that’s actually in Japanese; the remainder of the responsibility rests entirely with the Japanese stuff — media — itself. The media has a responsibility to entertain you. You don’t have to find the value in it; it has to demonstrate its value to you by being so much fun that you don’t notice time going by — by sucking you in. It has to make you wish that eating and sleep and bodily hygiene could take care of themselves because they cut into your media time. And if it doesn’t do that or it stops doing that, then you “fire” it by changing to something else. You are the boss and there are no labor laws. Fire the mother. You do the work of setting up and showing up to the environment, but after that the environment must work for you.
This strategy reminds me of Niklas Luhmann who allegedly said that he never did anything that he didn't feel like doing.
This is like following your curiosity 100% and it goes against a lot of the other advice out there e.g. like sitting down every day and writing.
This also reminds me of this idea of starting as many books as possible. Drop them when they're no longer interesting to you.