From the author of the international mega-bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck comes a counterintuitive guide to the problems of hope. We live in an interesting time. Materially, everything is the best it’s ever been—we are freer, healthier and wealthier than any people in human history. Yet, somehow everything seems to be irreparably and horribly f*cked—the planet is warming, governments are failing, economies are collapsing, and everyone is perpetually offended on Twitter. At this moment in history, when we have access to technology, education and communication our ancestors couldn’t even dream of, so many of us come back to an overriding feeling of hopelessness.
What’s going on? If anyone can put a name to our current malaise and help fix it, it’s Mark Manson. In 2016, Manson published The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck, a book that brilliantly gave shape to the ever-present, low-level hum of anxiety that permeates modern living. He showed us that technology had made it too easy to care about the wrong things, that our culture had convinced us that the world owed us something when it didn’t—and worst of all, that our modern and maddening urge to always find happiness only served to make us unhappier. Instead, the “subtle art” of that title turned out to be a bold challenge: to choose your struggle; to narrow and focus and find the pain you want to sustain. The result was a book that became an international phenomenon, selling millions of copies worldwide while becoming the #1 bestseller in 13 different countries.
Now, in Everthing Is F*cked, Manson turns his gaze from the inevitable flaws within each individual self to the endless calamities taking place in the world around us. Drawing from the pool of psychological research on these topics, as well as the timeless wisdom of philosophers such as Plato, Nietzsche, and Tom Waits, he dissects religion and politics and the uncomfortable ways they have come to resemble one another. He looks at our relationships with money, entertainment and the internet, and how too much of a good thing can psychologically eat us alive. He openly defies our definitions of faith, happiness, freedom—and even of hope itself.
With his usual mix of erudition and where-the-f*ck-did-that-come-from humor, Manson takes us by the collar and challenges us to be more honest with ourselves and connected with the world in ways we probably haven’t considered before. It’s another counterintuitive romp through the pain in our hearts and the stress of our soul. One of the great modern writers has produced another book that will set the agenda for years to come.
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About the Author
MARK MANSON is the New York Times and international bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (with over 6 million in sales in the US alone). His blog, markmanson.net, attracts more than two million readers per month. Manson lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Part I Hope
Chapter 1 The Uncomfortable Truth 3
Chapter 2 Self-Control Is an Illusion 20
Chapter 3 Newton's Laws of Emotion 47
Chapter 4 How to Make All Your Dreams Come True 75
Chapter 5 Hope Is Fucked 111
Part II Everything Is Fucked
Chapter 6 The Formula of Humanity 137
Chapter 7 Pain Is the Universal Constant 162
Chapter 8 The Feelings Economy 192
Chapter 9 The Final Religion 215
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is another excellent book by this excellent author! I definitely recommend this one. It's well written and definitely worth it.
This book takes a complicated and expansive subject , the human condition , and In simple language., explains how to have hope by letting go of hope
this author has definitely studied philosophy and it shows. I felt that it was a bit wordy but he was trying to make it understandible. Some interesting points made.
If you enjoyed The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck, then you should enjoy this one just as much if not more. He taught us that we should be mindful of what we care about in The Subtle Art, and now, in Everything is F*cked, Mark clarifies how to form healthy values that make our lives meaningful. This book is so undoubtedly important to read right now because of the problems of our world today as well as in the near future and more importantly, our unhelpful perceptions of them. EiF greatly assists the reader in self awareness, acceptance, and ongoing improvement. Personally I really enjoyed this book, as well as the of his articles that I have read. Mark Manson himself reads a ton of philosophically dense books and translates their themes into a language that anyone can understand and get a good laugh out of. I loved the piece about Isaac Newton and human psychology. It was a perfect blend. The part about what Democracy requires in order to be successful, or mess up less than necessary, was incredibly inspiring. Reading Everything is F*cked has helped me think more maturely about problems and values in life. By no exaggeration, I immensely appreciate Mark Manson for the work that he creates.
Don't let the language fool you. This is a very intellectual and well-researched book. It's just for intellectuals who don't care to be pretentious. I personally love Mark's language, even though my mom would hate it on principle. This book is incredibly broad and is obviously one of those "once in ten years" sort of books. It's a prodigious effort. It pulls together wide-ranging research in psychology, philosophy, history, human behavior, and more and synthesizes it all into such a cohesive package that it helped me figure out my life. I know that sounds hyperbolic, but it's not, at least for me, for right now. Lately, I have more free time than I'm used to, because I achieved some goals. But I found that instead of automatically being happy, I was exactly the opposite - looking into the void, depressed, feeling like nothing mattered at all (or, on other days, like everything mattered and I didn't know where to begin). This book, as well as Mark's first book and his blogs, helped me ask the right questions of myself. A couple weeks of some serious digging in with his writings, and I had recognized that my personal values have changed since my 20's, and I rebuilt new meaning out of a new set of values and priorities. I was so re-energized when I put it all back together that I did a 9-mile trail run (twice my normal distance) and didn't even feel tired or sore afterward. Thanks, Mark!
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