Monday, November 1, 2010

My Declaration of Independence from Distractions

When under certain circumstances it becomes necessary for one girl to dissolve the mental bands which have connected her with all manner of distractions, and to assume the right to exist without distractions which she is entitled to by basic human rights, a decent respect to the opinions of others requires that she should declare the causes which impel her to the separation.

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that I am entitled to work free of distraction, that I am endowed by basic laws of nature with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Focus, Concentration and the pursuit of Efficiency. To secure these rights, Self-Control and Limitations are instituted within my mind, deriving their just powers from my willpower and judgment. That whenever any such Form of Self-Control becomes ineffective of these ends, it is my Right as an Individual to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new doctrine of Self-Control, basing it on certain ideals and organizing its structure in a way that seems most likely to maximize my Focus and Efficiency. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Self-Imposed Limitations long established should not be changed for unimportant reasons; and accordingly all experience has shown that I would rather keep along this course that has led me astray than charge forth and create an entirely new system. But when a long train of excuses and procrastinations reduces me to functioning under absolute Distraction, it is my right, it is my duty, to throw off any and all Interruptions and Diversions, and to provide new Willpower for my future efficiency. Such has been my unproductive conduct; and such is now the necessity which forces me to alter my former Systems of Self-Control.

The history of the presently distracting Internet is a history of repeated time-wasters and temptations, all having the direct result of the establishment of absolute Distraction over me. To prove this, let Evidence be presented to my unbiased audience.

It has diverted my attention from essay-writing, a practice important and necessary for the good of my grades. It has prevented me from performing tasks of immediate and pressing importance, unless they are delayed until multiple Websites have been viewed; and when so delayed, the Internet has made me completely neglect these tasks. It has destroyed my Progress repeatedly, for my efforts to counteract the Internet’s invasions of my attention span. It has obstructed the Completion of Assignments, by refusing to allow me to finish work. It has demolished Focus here, by declaring my concentration its enemy and waging War against me. It has tempted me with Facebook, pulled me in deeper with Youtube, led me astray from my work, and destroyed any effort I had to finish my homework. It has constrained my ability to function properly and taken this ability Captive in the World Wide Web to turn against me, to become an executioner of my studies and worksheets, or for my ability to be destroyed completely by the Internet. It has excited my attention to turn against my ability to work, and has endeavored to bring on my mind, the merciless collection of other types of distractions, whose known tendency, is a total destruction of all attempts to write paragraphs, study for tests, and fill out worksheets.

In every stage of these Distractions I have Attempted to Resist the Internet in the most simple ways: My repeated Efforts have resulted in nothing but repeated failures. A System of Self-Control, which is marked by everything that we consider Distraction, is unfit to be a system that I employ.

Nor have I ignored the actions of my classmates. I have told them from time to time about how their chats and status updates disrupt my concentration. I have reminded them of the reasons I have established a system to help me focus. I have appealed to their understanding and sympathy, and I have asked them by the ties of our school community to stop these disruptions, which would inevitably tear apart our relationships and friendships. They too have been blind to the logic of reason and of consideration for others. I must, therefore, accept the necessity, which declares our Separation, and hold them, as I hold all other acquaintances, Distractions in Times of Study, in Free Time Friends.

I, therefore, as the Representative of my own Will, in my Mind, Conscious, appealing to the Supreme Reason of the world for the righteousness of my intentions, do, in the Name, and by the authority of the logical thoughts of my Mind, solemnly publish and declare. That this Student is, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent of Distractions; that she is Absolved from all Dependence on the Internet, and that all social connections between her and the World Wide Web are and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as a Free and Independent Girl, she has full Power to write Essays, complete Homework Assignments, annotate Readings, study for Tests, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent Students may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of my Teachers, I mutually pledge to myself my Concentration, my Focus, and my sacred Diligence.