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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 plan 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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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 plan 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.

30 review for Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Nixon

    Arg, it's really difficult for me to rate this a 3-star. (UPDATE after more thought and discussion, this isn't a 3-star, it's a 2-star) This isn't a "book" in my opinion. It's more of a collection of essays, "blog posts" and articles you'd see on HuffPo (or perhaps NPR). There are some parts of the 'book' that were well researched, provided excellent points and I thought to myself "oh wow" and "I'm going to have to read this again!!!" Then there were other parts that I was like "WHAT IS THIS?" and Arg, it's really difficult for me to rate this a 3-star. (UPDATE after more thought and discussion, this isn't a 3-star, it's a 2-star) This isn't a "book" in my opinion. It's more of a collection of essays, "blog posts" and articles you'd see on HuffPo (or perhaps NPR). There are some parts of the 'book' that were well researched, provided excellent points and I thought to myself "oh wow" and "I'm going to have to read this again!!!" Then there were other parts that I was like "WHAT IS THIS?" and "WHY IS THIS HERE?" The writing also oscillated between deplorable to somewhat academic. There are times where it reads like a polished, academic book but more often it is ranty with slang like "Cray cray" and vulgar examples that Manson seems to slip in for shock value except it doesn't work. Manson is also a terrible narrator. His voice isn't just bleh, but he can't even seem to properly read his own writing--he can't deliver his own jokes and punchlines. It comes out awkward and unnatural-- making his "cray cray" and other slang even more distracting. I also kept having a revolving thought, "DAMN THIS IS SOME RICH WHITE MALE PRIVILEGE & MANSPLAINING" not that the subjects he approached where "white male privilege shit" (though there is some of that) but that he seems to overlook privilege quite a bit. Yet there were some parts of the book that I thought were excellent, though most of them were rehashing from other outstanding books I've read such as Thinking, Fast and Slow, Ryan Holiday/Stoicism, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress or anything by Pinkner, Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard or anything by Chip & Dan Heath, plus Nietzsche & Plato. His last bit on AI was interesting, though I suspect that was parlayed from somewhere/someone else.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Adam Woods

    Something is very wrong with the world. It’s us. We have abandoned our quest for character in favour of one for happiness and we have created a world of diversions that give the illusion of freedom but in fact keep us docile and imprisoned. Manson has written a book that will stay with me for a while. This very well-researched exploration into human virtues (and hope in particular) isn’t exactly warm and fuzzy. Nor is it pessimistic. In fact it is paradoxically optimistic for a book that genuinel Something is very wrong with the world. It’s us. We have abandoned our quest for character in favour of one for happiness and we have created a world of diversions that give the illusion of freedom but in fact keep us docile and imprisoned. Manson has written a book that will stay with me for a while. This very well-researched exploration into human virtues (and hope in particular) isn’t exactly warm and fuzzy. Nor is it pessimistic. In fact it is paradoxically optimistic for a book that genuinely and convincingly lays out that everything is indeed f*cked! His trademark wit is still on display but Manson strikes a slightly more academic tone than in his first book, which was a welcome change of pace. In fact this book has inspired me to learn more about Manson’s (and the world’s) philosophical greats and read a few of his sources. I think that’s a good thing. Manson, once again, holds a mirror up to the reader, which can be confronting (in a good way), and makes demands on us to be better. Not merely hope to be better. But BE better. And that’s a message I can get behind. Give this book a go...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kalyn Nicholson

    If I were to ask someone to “give it to me straight” in terms of life, humanity and our future potential, this book would be it. Amazing read, push through the first few chapters and you’ll see how it all ties together in the end!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ella

    This book will not be a well loved book. I only say this because as a person who has read a lot of his articles as well as his previous book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, there are a lot of concepts in this book that can be perceived as radical, and possibly downright offensive. The keyword is perceived. When you come into this book hoping and/or believing that this book will affirm all of your biases, all of your hopes and dreams, all of what you stand for, then you wouldn't have a gre This book will not be a well loved book. I only say this because as a person who has read a lot of his articles as well as his previous book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, there are a lot of concepts in this book that can be perceived as radical, and possibly downright offensive. The keyword is perceived. When you come into this book hoping and/or believing that this book will affirm all of your biases, all of your hopes and dreams, all of what you stand for, then you wouldn't have a great time. This book talks about philosophy, human existence, psychology, democracy, religion, politics, money, etc. and it takes quite a controversial but rational standpoint on these fields. Yes, sometimes while reading this book it'll be difficult to get through some of the philosophical concepts. Yes, sometimes (or most times) you will get offended by what Mark says. And yes, you would want to put the book down. But don't. Instead, read on, or better yet, reflect first as to why you feel the way you feel. Don't succumb to the dichotomy of "good" and "bad" feelings i.e., if you feel offended, don't automatically assume that it's because what Mark wrote was wrong and you're right. This book calls upon reflection of everything ugly in all of us, and if you can't keep your biases at bay, or on hold, you will not enjoy reading this book. But, if you go into this with an open mind, prepared to feel both validated and hurt, both offended and reassured, then I think this would be a great reading experience for you. Overall, I gave this book 5 stars, because just like The Subtle Art, it called into question everything I believed, and for me, it strengthened some of my beliefs, and weakened others. A first for me in a long time.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nikita

    Can someone please remind me never to pick a Mark Manson book again? The writing is insufferable, he grossly oversimplifies ideas that need a more nuanced view, makes preposterous generalizations about mental health and related concepts, and generally makes you wonder what his point really is. Not sure how he gets published, but seems to be riding a strange wave with the word *fuck* in his titles.

  6. 5 out of 5

    David Lee

    Smart and funny, this book will help you make sense of your mind and the world we live in If you liked Subtle Art, you'll enjoy this too. I couldn't put it down, actually, reading it in under a day. Mark has a talent for taking potentially boring subject matter, such as the teachings of philosophers, and bringing it to life in easy-to-understand language (with plenty of expletives). I especially liked his Consciousness Car metaphor in explaining the Thinking Brain vs Feeling Brain (would love to Smart and funny, this book will help you make sense of your mind and the world we live in If you liked Subtle Art, you'll enjoy this too. I couldn't put it down, actually, reading it in under a day. Mark has a talent for taking potentially boring subject matter, such as the teachings of philosophers, and bringing it to life in easy-to-understand language (with plenty of expletives). I especially liked his Consciousness Car metaphor in explaining the Thinking Brain vs Feeling Brain (would love to see an animated cartoon version), and thoughts on antifragility and how we benefit by choosing to accept (and even seek out) discomfort in our lives. If you've been feeling like the world is a mess (especially in terms of politics) lately, this book can help you make sense of what's going on. And, it includes some takeaways we as individuals can use to help make a positive difference for ourselves, and by extension, society.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I’ll have a full review soon, but for now: y i k e s

  8. 4 out of 5

    Uddipta

    Did not finish. He starts off by mentioning the holocaust, how people had "real" problems back then, compared to us who are now weeping at minor inconveniences behind closed doors: crying for an ex, crying because someone was rude to us, etc. I find this comparison disgusting and I mean it. The problems back then were physical and very different. There was no internet back then. Now, in the internet age, we have lots of things to compare ourselves with. Everyday, whether we want it or not, we are Did not finish. He starts off by mentioning the holocaust, how people had "real" problems back then, compared to us who are now weeping at minor inconveniences behind closed doors: crying for an ex, crying because someone was rude to us, etc. I find this comparison disgusting and I mean it. The problems back then were physical and very different. There was no internet back then. Now, in the internet age, we have lots of things to compare ourselves with. Everyday, whether we want it or not, we are constantly reminded of the things we lack. And at the end of the day, when we reach home, it takes a family or a closed one to help us forget those things. Secondly, the writing. He speaks of things in a very patronizing manner which I found really irritating and was what made me drop this book. I loved his first book and on my worst days, it provides a sense of comfort unlike anything. But this book, I don't know what happened with the author. I am not trying to find comfort, but maybe just give me some substance. Time is precious and I cannot waste it anymore after getting into 20% of this one. Maybe he got too much into himself. Now that he is rich, he forgot how to relate to the common folks. This book is indeed "f*cked".

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mehrsa

    The book was a meaningless string of random thoughts and stoic philosophy and meditation. It was funny at parts, but mostly just a few interesting stories and cliches that are set up as being new insight. Also, I don't buy stoicism and meditation as a way forward. I am still interested in progress and I do think social movements can make people's lives better. Manson seems to think it's all just vain showing off and we should all just chill, but life isn't about peace and happiness. We also sear The book was a meaningless string of random thoughts and stoic philosophy and meditation. It was funny at parts, but mostly just a few interesting stories and cliches that are set up as being new insight. Also, I don't buy stoicism and meditation as a way forward. I am still interested in progress and I do think social movements can make people's lives better. Manson seems to think it's all just vain showing off and we should all just chill, but life isn't about peace and happiness. We also search meaning.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Javier Lorenzana

    I really wanted to like this book. As a fan of Mark Manson, I enjoyed his at-times comical writing style and humorous anecdotes in his other books. Yet, this felt stale. The book is lazy. It's essentially a bunch of repackaged Nietzsche and Harari stuffed together without any flow whatsoever. The central theme of hope acts as a loose umbrella topic to otherwise disconnected chapters. The book talks about subjects right out of Sapiens and Homo Deus by Yuval Harari. The only difference is that Mans I really wanted to like this book. As a fan of Mark Manson, I enjoyed his at-times comical writing style and humorous anecdotes in his other books. Yet, this felt stale. The book is lazy. It's essentially a bunch of repackaged Nietzsche and Harari stuffed together without any flow whatsoever. The central theme of hope acts as a loose umbrella topic to otherwise disconnected chapters. The book talks about subjects right out of Sapiens and Homo Deus by Yuval Harari. The only difference is that Manson inserts his unique voice in this commentary, including a lot of 'f*cks.' Sounds great right? Not exactly. The subjects are oversimplified, the language feels condescending at times, and the charm that Manson usually puts on in his books was nonexistent. What made Manson's earlier books good was that he spoke from experience about topics he was passionate about. But this attempt into deeper subjects doesn't cut it. It is neither comprehensive nor original. It's just not as good as other books in its field. TL/DR: Just read Harari and Nietzsche.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Fran Cormack

    I wish I had enjoyed this book more. I really wanted to. I so enjoyed Mark's first book, I had high hopes for this one. Alas, I found it uninspiring, and without much direction. Lots of rambling, with famous people from history thrown in, for which I never saw the connection. It felt a little forced. Contrived even. Like Mark is really, really trying to fill a book. I will be watching for what he writes next, and hope to get my love back for Mr Manson.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sam Smith

    Everything is Fucked is a much more mature book than his last. While in the last book we looked at things we shouldn't care about, this book more focuses on what to care about. And I have to say that this book was really well done, and in my opinion, better than his last. This book will definitely leave you feeling different than when you started it. I never take notes while reading a book, but this one time I did, because a lot will stick with you, and you won't want to forget it. "Don't hope fo Everything is Fucked is a much more mature book than his last. While in the last book we looked at things we shouldn't care about, this book more focuses on what to care about. And I have to say that this book was really well done, and in my opinion, better than his last. This book will definitely leave you feeling different than when you started it. I never take notes while reading a book, but this one time I did, because a lot will stick with you, and you won't want to forget it. "Don't hope for better. Just be better" This book covers lots of different topics: Hope, maturity, religion, social media, technology etc. It covers a lot more than his previous book, and for the better. Mark really shows us what's wrong with the world in this book, and what we can do to fix it, while also having his signature "fuck you" sort of humour. Some of the things that I read were kind of obvious (don't be a dick, act like an adult and not like a child etc) but he goes into more detail than that, and really makes you question how you act as an individual. "The pursuit of happiness is a toxic value that has long defined our culture. It is self-defeating and misleading. Living well does not mean avoiding suffering; it means suffering for the right reasons. Because if we're going to be forced to suffer by simply existing, we might as well learn how to suffer well" Like his last book, Mark gives us some really interesting historical events that eventually lead to his main point that he is trying to make. I personally found that some of them were a bit dragged out and went on for a little too long, and I found that I ended up missing the point he was trying to make due to the example being very long. However this is just my opinion, and isn't necessarily a bad thing, just my personal taste. I will say that some of the events he tells are amazing and eye opening, and will definitely leave an impact on you. "When we deny ourselves the ability to feel pain for a purpose, we deny ourselves the ability to feel any purpose in our life at all" This book is a much more satisfying, mature, and deeper book than his last. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to view things with a different eye, and is open to changing the way they are as a person. And while not everything in this book is breathtakingly amazing, it will still leave an impact on you for a long time.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    After loving The Subtle Art, I found this a real disappointment. It was very dry and lacking the playfulness of his first book. I also found it hard to track the overarching ‘story’ of the book, it felt more like a jumbled collection of articles. Just couldn’t connect to it in any meaningful way

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shreya Bhatt

    "Greater commitment allows for greater depth. A lack of commitment requires superficiality." First of all, if you are looking for a book that will give you hope about something, then just don't continue reading this. This book is not about hope. It is anti-hope. And I understand the concept and can relate to what the author is saying but the author contradicts himself more often in this one. It'll leave you confused. This one is much better than the subtle art of not giving a f*CK, just because it "Greater commitment allows for greater depth. A lack of commitment requires superficiality." First of all, if you are looking for a book that will give you hope about something, then just don't continue reading this. This book is not about hope. It is anti-hope. And I understand the concept and can relate to what the author is saying but the author contradicts himself more often in this one. It'll leave you confused. This one is much better than the subtle art of not giving a f*CK, just because it has some relevant information and facts. First two chapters are okay, but when the book dives into religion, you miss the whole point about why you ever started reading this book. Other than that it is a mediocre read. The writing gets repetitive and boring after a point.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    Just as good as the first, a little more broad but still asks the reader to question themselves. Mandatory reading if you want to break your conditioning.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Miquixote

    This book’s thesis has already been written. Many times. This is stoicism. This is Nietzsche. This is Kant. This fact does not reduce the subject's interest whatsoever. I post 2 reviews below: A Pop Culture Full Metal Alchemist Review (recommended if you have some symptoms of A.D.D): “A lesson without pain is meaningless. That's because no one can gain without sacrificing something. But by enduring that pain and overcoming it, he shall obtain a powerful, unmatched heart. A fullmetal heart. That This book’s thesis has already been written. Many times. This is stoicism. This is Nietzsche. This is Kant. This fact does not reduce the subject's interest whatsoever. I post 2 reviews below: A Pop Culture Full Metal Alchemist Review (recommended if you have some symptoms of A.D.D): “A lesson without pain is meaningless. That's because no one can gain without sacrificing something. But by enduring that pain and overcoming it, he shall obtain a powerful, unmatched heart. A fullmetal heart. That is alchemy's first law of Equivalent Exchange. In those days, we really believed that to be the world's one, and only, truth. But the world isn't perfect, and the law is incomplete. Equivalent Exchange doesn't encompass everything that goes on here, but I still choose to believe in its principle, that all things do come at a price, that there's an ebb and a flow, a cycle, that the pain we went through did have a reward, and that anyone who's determined and perseveres will get something of value in return, even if it's not what they expected.” “The truth is cruel but right.”“You see, I'm sure we can change. Because we're weak. And because we die. We have to fight in order to live, and that's what will make us strong” “Stand up and walk. Move on. After all, you have perfect legs to stand on.” ― Hiromu Arakawa The Nit-Picky Review, or if you have O.C.D. symptoms (with spoilers): Mark’s Uncomfortable Truth: Pleasant feelings are evidently not Mark’s goal here. He wants us to grow through pain since it’s the only universal constant. Bertrand Russell, for one, would say be wary of those who glorify pain because the historical antecedents are not impressive. The fun is in deciding how far in which direction you will go. The Classic Assumption: Thinking vs. Feeling. We quickly learn why Mark swears so much: humans have no self control. The classic assumption, says Mark, is that our Thinking Brains are in control: Plato onwards, through the Christian ages, until very recently were proponents. Kahneman and Tversky in 2011 revolutionized thinking theory and suggest otherwise. Mark here says the feeling brain actually calls the shots. Needless to say, it’s been a popular activity to imagine our brains are divided in two, the feeling brain and the thinking brain. Mark joins the frenzy: 1. Plato. Reason (thinking brain), spirit (feeling brain), and appetites 2. Hume: Impressions (Feeling) or Ideas (Thinking) 3. Freud: Ego (thinking) and Id (feeling) 4. Probably the worst theory to date: ‘Thinking Brain has balls and is from Mars, Feeling Brain has breasts and is from Venus’. 5. Kahneman and Tversky: Feeling (fast thinking) and Thinking (slow thinking) Clown Cars: Mark’s brain theory involves seeing our feelings as cars. Clown cars (selfish narcissists) are toxic. Healthy cars see them coming a long way away and move into the slow lane, avoiding contact with them as much as possible. Clowns flock to other clown cars. Clown cars think healthy cars are boring and uninteresting. Clowns probably drive too fast, run over pedestrians and get into way too many accidents. I imagine they are literally toxic like gas-guzzling, expensive and unreliable SUVs. Clowns probably drink and drive. If they can’t get away with that, they’ll smoke pot and drive. With a Whopper in the other hand. Woodstock represents well this type of car: Times of free love, the 1960s, if it feels good do it! The New Age counterculture was clownish all the way. In fact, indulging one’s emotions is STILL often equated with great spiritual awakening. White middle-class yuppies that were raised and told that the thinking brain calls the shots, at a later age rebelled and let their feeling brain run rampant. They never really had any real problems except feeling bad and they blamed their Thinking on that. They call that turning off of the Thinking Brain ‘spiritual growth’. Sound familiar? I am SURE you know people like this…They think that self-absorption is enlightenment. But it’s still just a Clown Car with a new `spiritual’ paint job though. The Moral Gap: Our self worth equals the sum of our emotions over time. There is something here he likes to call The Moral Gap: When someone hurts you, you think: he is shit, I am righteous. If you don’t act on it, you switch to I am shit, he is righteous. It was the best or it was trauma. They hate me because they’re envious, afraid of me, don’t want to admit that I’m better? Justification of the superiority of the narcissist. No subtleties or nuances like in real life here. You’re special no matter what. And your identity will stay your identity until a new experience acts against it. Of course, there is the 3rd alternative: A High Degree of Self-Awareness, that of forgiving others and yourself. You’ll see later that only those in the Adult Development Phase are capable of this. The 3 Types of Religions: Mark suggests that all of us generally believe the key to our eternal salvation is to stop thinking critically and join any of the hope clubs below: 1. Spiritual 2. Ideological (the isms: communism, capitalism, anarchism, fascism, environmentalism, feminism, leftism, etc.) 3. Interpersonal (people worship: romantic, celebrity, children, etc.). Codependency: addicted to supporting or receiving validation from another person. Putting a person on a pedestal, the center of your world, the basis of your thoughts and feelings, the root of your self-esteem, to be your God value. The above Religions compete for resources and those that win out are those that most efficiently use labour and capital. The Root of all Social Conflict throughout History: Right vs. Left? His next target - radical leftists, with his guns all a blazing: To Mark, the true equality that all leftists are fighting for will never exist. Pain will always be there. And he’ll have us see the worst thing we can do is get rid of pain completely. We need something called ‘Legitimate Suffering’ (see The Road Less Travelled, Scott Peck). Now that it seems the leftists have been floored; we need a bully to kick the leftist while they’re down. Enter Nietzsche’s Master morality vs. Leftist’s Slave Morality. Strength, Dominance, Hierarchy vs Sacrifice, Submission, Equality; Right vs. Left; the Bullies vs. the Ressenters. Mark says Nietzsche was a globalist, rare and radical, believed in the value of a person’s deeds, nothing else, no system, no race, not nationality. And apparently Slave morality requires same beliefs, Equality and Totalitarianism. Well, now that leftism is seemingly bleeding all over the tarmac now, gasping for breath, let us take a quick reality check before the next round: Not sure here if Mark misunderstands Nietzsche, glorifies Nietzsche or cherry-picked a nibble from Nietzsche here? Let’s be absolutely clear, I mean no beating around the bush: Nietzsche loves, I mean loves, LOVES violence and ruthlessness. Not sure how much Mark wants that side of him as part of his philosophy. I mean Nietzsche just totally got erections for violence. I mean full daylight erections. Not morning hide it under the cover, wait- until-it-takes-a-chill-pill erection. Example hard to beat: Nietzsche loved Napoleon. He was like THE MAN for Nietzsche. Yes, mass murdering, war-mongering Napoleon. So, I think it’s fair to say that Nietzsche’s ethics were highly questionable (even if his criticism of religion and literary output were very important in philosophy). No, no grasping now my Nietzschian bullies, he was certainly not A BUDDHIST. To Nietzsche, the majority are only a means to the excellence of the few. Let it be known that this contradiction still does not eliminate the necessity of a conflict of ideas here. Kant vs. Nietzsche: Mark does acknowledge that Nietzsche did not believe in Kant’s ideas and scoffed at the Law of Humanity (something Mark clearly believes in here too, so we need to try to understand the apparent contradiction). Mark can’t not understand that Nietzsche was all about ends. Not means. The polar opposite of Kant in that way. I am guessing what Mark likes about Nietzsche was that he was certainly pro-pain. But Mark evidently needs to be good with Kant too. Or Mark would certainly be an all-out nasty dude. Nietzsche didn't mind being seen as nasty but something tells me Mark isn't quite ready to take that step. It gets even more problematic: Kant’s value system that transcends religion is a religion too. This led Nietzsche to accuse Kant of being absurd, naïve, and outright narcissistic (talk about calling a kettle black…). Mark concurs with Nietzsche that all beliefs are inherently imprisoned by our own perspectives and are faith-based. But Mark admits some value systems produce better and more logical results than others. Science (faith in evidence) produces the best belief systems (according to Mark). Similarly, Kant has the best basis for creating value systems: value that which perceives value above all else (consciousness). We can conclude that Kant’s belief that morality can be deduced outside religion is absolutely true and is admirable. While scientifically pursued moral philosophy is Mark’s apparent goal. But Mark suggests that conflict must exist for hope and meaning to exist and he still comes across positive about war. He says: ‘war has created the most positive innovations, it brings out the best in our character’. Yikes, not sure how far he wants to take that…So, Mark is seemingly stuck. He clearly betrays religious ideological leanings with open belief in amor fati (love of fate), Stoicism and Kant’s Formula of Humanity (where you are honest, humble and brave at all moments). But he also likes the idea of going beyond Good and Evil and is just as clearly reluctant to dismiss Nietzshe despite Fred's ruthlessness. Developmental Psychology: Despite these obvious ideological contradictions we can’t write off Mark just yet- he has more interesting stuff up his sleeve. He proceeds to explain developmental psychology theory, and how most of us are stuck at an adolescent phase: When you are a kid, you are an explorer. Then you grow up and realize there is too much to explore. A child is all about pleasure vs. pain. An adolescent learns to understand life as a transaction. He gets pleasure through bargains, as a means to a pleasurable end. Becoming an adult is doing the right thing for the simple reason that are doing the right thing. Honesty is the best example. You tell the truth as an end, not a means to get something. Because honesty is good and valuable. Sound idealistic? That’s because it is. Is this actually practicable? It reminds me of the Jim Carey movie: Liar, Liar, where a lawyer is charmed (or cursed) with the inability to lie and all the chaos that ensues. Have there been any studies about people who have actually attempted to live their lives under this Formula? Apparently there are so few people actually doing this that ‘replicability’ is an issue with any study. Suffice it to say: not enough evidence, no science. So we are in the dicey religion area still. I guess there is no way around it. (Yes Nietzsche starts jumping up and down again. He certainly wouldn't like Mark playing both sides…) But let’s ignore Nietzsche one minute, and stick with the theory for now: with this undeniably interesting theory that trauma and/or neglect cause people to get stuck in either the child or adolescent mode. And prevent us from becoming the low percentage of adults that apparently exist (some 13% in the studies that have been made, but duly note the lack of evidence and replicability). Becoming an adult involves 3 things, according to Mark: 1. Enduring pain (Nietzsche has an erection again. Fred, put that thing away!) 2. Abandoning hope (this shouldn’t be taken too seriously, as you see Mark clearly has hope in science, evidence and Artificial Intelligence.) 3. Letting go of the desire for more pleasant and fun things. Assuming the above as gospel, what’s holding us back from being adults? Fake Freedom: We’ve been given the blue pill for too long. It’s made us weaker and more fragile. Who is to blame? Marketing. Marketing has convinced us to be flooded with Diversions. Marketing understands how to manipulate our Feelings. Our Thinking brain hasn’t been trained to compete. And our Feeling brain is taking the Clown Car to a whole new level. Due to this Law of Diminishing Returns, this is the state of our current Character: 1. We are Fragile. We have Diminishing Values, obsessed with Comfort and Pleasure. 2. We are consumed by Low-Level Addictive Behaviours: phone, email, Netflix, Facebook, Instagram. Compulsively experiencing more stuff. Addiction produces a downward spiral, thus numbing Pain (no Pain: no Meaning and ability to find Value), generating greater Pain, and greater numbing. 3. We have too much Choice: the more Options we have, the less Satisfaction. Consequently, we have constant Anxiety over whether we made the best Choice. This Insecurity, Doubt and Intolerance is not Freedom. It is an endless cycle of Hope. This Fake Freedom is an endless series of Transactions and Bargains which you feel you’re winning. Modern tyranny is Diversion, BS information, and Distraction. The breadth and power of the internet has created a global system of Propaganda by governments and corporations steering our desires and wishes. That is our Current Reality. Perhaps this is our Orwellian Brave New World. Big Brother is indeed watching us and steering us THROUGH Pleasure. Huxley and Orwell all in one. Mark calls Fake Freedom TOO MUCH Pleasure. We are told not to forget that maybe people actually start Revolutions because of Pleasure. Too much Pleasure and Comfort cause low tolerance for Discomfort and Inconvenience. Political Revolution then becomes a Privilege. This is called a Revolution of Rising Expectations. The leaders of the French Revolution were actually wealthy citizens. The American Revolution likewise (wealthy landowners who didn’t want to pay taxes). Prosperity, Pleasure and Convenience can thus cause a crisis in Hope. Finding Meaning is more and more difficult. But the key tipping point may be Information. Once awareness of Inequality is well-known, when it is revealed how uncontrolled Wealth has become, the Revolution of Rising Expectations may be inevitable. Maybe that’s why here Mark has footnoted Pinker and Rosling telling us things are really good? Because they know we will get pissed when we realize things aren’t actually good. We will elect demagogues and Democracy will be overturned. Prosperity, Pleasure, Convenience, lack of Hope, and Inequality awareness may just cause a Revolution. If AI doesn’t beat the people to it. Mark’s betting on AI. Education (but please, not Sparta): Obviously, Education is the only way around this. We need an educational facelift; Mark says that our Children are the masters of Pain and Antifragility (see Taleb). Maybe, but Mark let’s not start leaving our kids out during winter nights to see if they can tough it out like the Platonic ideal of Sparta actually did (see Plato’s Republic). Knowledgeable philosophy readers might be forgiven if they are alarmed by a bit too much of the less-reputable sides of Plato (and Nietzsche) here. Real Freedom? According to Mark, Real Freedom is actually Self-Limitation. Consciousness of your Time, Attention and Choices. This causes an Increase in Return. Greater Commitment. Greater Depth. Less Superficiality. We must stop hacking life. Real Freedom is victory over Desires, seeing the world unconditionally. Freedom requires nothing of the world. Just your Will. This is very Stoic. Things we can do that don’t just involve Self-Help: From an activist point of view Mark admits that online Advertising and Fake News must cease to exist. We need independent 3rd party algorithms to rate veracity of headlines. Evidence is the only life preserver in an infinite sea of Lies. This is Mark´s Hope and Religion coming out of the masturbatory sock of self-help. His hope seems to be that AI will fix this Manufacturing of Consent. The new Religion: He reminds us again and again that each subsequent Religion’s attempt at Global Harmony has only been partial and incomplete. But he has his own final Religion: AI, and us as domesticated dogs. We already submit to artificial algorithms and we love it. The best of us are shitty information processors, even if you or I can access, harness, and manipulate information better than others, we can’t compete with AI. Elon Musk was asked what could cause the end of the world. He replied with 3 possible outcomes: 1. Nuclear war. 2. Climate change. 3. Computers Mark thinks otherwise. He thinks computers will behave better than us and correct the other 2 of the above. The Richer you Are, the Sadder you Are: Technology has brought us empty, meaningless variety, and endless options. But supposedly it has reduced poverty. Forget that Reduced Poverty is patently false since the 70s, unless we are speaking about the 1%, but that doesn’t change the argument: we DO live near the top of history in quality of life. It is emphasized that the wealthier the country the more its people struggle with feelings of meaning and purpose. This book is for them. Only 10 percent in a yougov survey of people from the 17 richest countries felt the world was getting better. Wealthier countries and neighbourhoods also have higher suicide rates on average. Mark raves about Steven Pinker and Hans Rosling here. Their works are deemed in the notes as ‘excellent, indispensable and important’. Apparently, they are dead on about how lucky we all are. But Steve and Hans care nothing about how depression works. They are addicted to big stats like the GDP (Gross Domestic Product). Even from a purely statistical perspective, they lack subtlety. They don’t want or care about the mathematics of noticing that median real wages have actually reduced since the 70s (see my review of Factfulness explaining the math). So Inequality is going up big time. Mark acknowledges this although he certainly emphasizes that we have way more than enough prosperity. The difference being that Mark definitely realizes that life actually sucks for most people in rich countries. Mark suggests the problem is Lack of Meaning. To Mark, it is clear that Material prosperity is not more valuable to us than Purpose. To Hans and Steve our disconnect, our addictions, our lack of connections are not the core of life. Prosperity is. Mark Manson points out what they miss: Meaning matters. (See ‘Man’s Search For Meaning, Frankl). Some tough truths about pain vs. pleasure: Despite all the above argumentation noted, we are still missing evidence here. Remember Evidence and Science are the only Religion worth following now right? The thing is there really aren’t conclusive studies to suggest that Pain improves us. Similarly, there aren’t conclusive studies to suggest that Pleasure does either. To make it all even more confusing, there aren’t conclusive studies to suggest what the right balance is. Since we don’t have community like we used to, Inequality is worsening, we are unhappier whether Steve, Hans or Mark think we have reason to be. Mark definitely suggests we are wimps. That we need to toughen up. Maybe, but did I say that there is no conclusive evidence about all this? With all this in mind, there is no doubt your motivation, whether it’s intrinsic or extrinsic, matters. You gotta love that Mark talks about Intrinsic motivation: the simple pleasure of doing an activity well, rather than for an external reward, motivates you to continue doing that activity. Mark says that’s why he wrote the book. Not for the millions of dollars. Nice! Let’s assume it’s true. 😉 In agreement with his polemics or not, give Mark Manson credit for putting passion and prudence on the scales again.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stanley Sharkey

    How this guy keeps getting published I will never understand. Why I keep reading his books is something else I cannot understand. However, I saw it was marked 50% off at B&N, so I went ahead and bought it. I have read through it while doing cardio after lifting and can say that it is awful. It is more-or-less his other book rehashed with different wording. Not to mention, he misunderstands concepts but uses them throughout his book anyway. He states, "Nihilism and the pure indulgence of desir How this guy keeps getting published I will never understand. Why I keep reading his books is something else I cannot understand. However, I saw it was marked 50% off at B&N, so I went ahead and bought it. I have read through it while doing cardio after lifting and can say that it is awful. It is more-or-less his other book rehashed with different wording. Not to mention, he misunderstands concepts but uses them throughout his book anyway. He states, "Nihilism and the pure indulgence of desire that accompanies it are gripping the modern world. It is power for the sake of power. Success for the sake of success. Pleasure for the sake of pleasure...It aheres to no great truth or cause. It's a simple "Because it feels good." He doesn't understand Nihilism or Nietzsche, even though he uses both throughout his text. Nihilism was not a hedonistic philosophy. Full stop. I'm out. F*ck Mark Manson.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hestia Istiviani

    I read in English but this review is written in Bahasa Indonesia "The fact is that we require more than willpower to achieve self-control. It turns out that our emotions are instrumental in our decision making and our actions. We just don't always realize it." Sukses dengan buku The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, 3 tahun kemudian Mark Manson barulah melanjutkan tulisannya melalui Everything is F*cked. Buku yang sepertinya sudah ditunggu-tunggu oleh sebagian besar pembaca setianya ini lebih fok I read in English but this review is written in Bahasa Indonesia "The fact is that we require more than willpower to achieve self-control. It turns out that our emotions are instrumental in our decision making and our actions. We just don't always realize it." Sukses dengan buku The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, 3 tahun kemudian Mark Manson barulah melanjutkan tulisannya melalui Everything is F*cked. Buku yang sepertinya sudah ditunggu-tunggu oleh sebagian besar pembaca setianya ini lebih fokus membahas tentang hope atau harapan. Masih khas ala Manson, semuanya dibuka dengan kisah dan bahkan tragedi. Kekuatan story telling yang apik membuat pembaca bisa memahami konteks sebelum akhirnya Manson masuk ke dalam materi. Uniknya, Manson membagi buku ini menjadi dua bagian yang cukup kontras. Tentu saja, masih tentang bagaimana kita merespon kejadian-kejadian dalam semesta kita sendiri. Bagian pertama adalah tentang harapan. Bahwa manusia hidup memang dalam yang namanya Uncomfortable Truth. Ada masa-masa dalam perjalanan kita yang membuat kita tidak nyaman, tapi itu tetap harus dijalani karena memang begitulah keadaannya. Semua manusia pasti mengalami Uncomfortable Truth tetapi jangan malah menjadi hilang harapan. Sebab, karena harapan, manusia jadi memiliki semangat untuk berjuang dan berusaha keras. Uniknya, pada bab yang membahas How to Make All Your Dreams Come True, Manson menggunakan analogi agama/kepercayaan. Baginya, manusia meyakini sesuatu yang ada di luar kuasanya (meski Manson sendiri adalah seorang Atheis, ia mengakui hal tersebut) dan apabila diolah sedemikian rupa, agama/kepercayaan bisa menjadi senjata sekaligus semangat menuju harapan. Manson pun menuliskan beberapa tahapan jika ingin membuat mimpi kita terwujud melalui analogi uniknya itu. Misalnya: "Because, as we'll see, religion is all about emotional attachment. And the best way to build those attachments is to get people to stop thinking critically." Sebuah satir halus namun cukup mengena. Masuk ke bagian kedua: Everything is F*cked, Manson mengajak pembaca untuk tidak memiliki harapan dan ekspektasi. Bagi Manson, memiliki harapan dan ekspektasi malah membuat rasa kecewa kita semakin besar jika hal itu tidak sesuai/tidak tercapai. Jika bagian satu Manson menggunakan banyak kisah bahkan menggunakan analogi agama/kepercayaan, di bagian kedua Manson cukup banyak mengutip cara pandang filsafat seperti Nietzsche dengan narasi "God is dead." Bahkan Manson juga mengutip cara pandang Stoa tentang bagaimana manusia menjalani hidup tanpa berekspektasi. Ada pula satu bab yang khusus membahas soal Pain, soal luka dan sakit. Bagi Manson, pain bukan untuk dihindari karena ia akan selalu ada. Pain hendaknya dirangkul sebagai suatu konstanta. Ia pasti ada dalam setiap fase. Secara keseluruhan, aku hanya sanggup memberikan 3 bintang. Meski cara penyampaiannya unik dan khas Manson, tapi dalam beberapa bab aku terkadang merasa jenuh dengan inti cerita yang sebenarnya masih sama dengan bab yang ada di depannya. Manson melalui buku ini memainkan peran sebagai pengingat, karena semua orang sebenarnya juga tahu tentang harapan dan ekspektasi. "The only true form of freedom, the only ethical form of freedom is through self-limitation. It is not the privilege of choosing everything you want in your life, but rather choosing what you will give up in your life." Ohiya, Manson juga memperkaya tulisannya dengan studi kasus dan data-data pendukung, termasuk bukunya Jonathan Haidt. Tulisannya bukan sembarangan hanya opini Manson semata membuat buku ini memiliki standing point sendiri.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christine D

    I skimmed through a lot of this. It seems to me like he did a lot of philosophical research, then gathered a bunch contemporary themes, threw them in a mixing bowl and voilà! sequel! This just wasn't for me. If you are looking for something remotely hopeful, I would recommend not picking this up. 'a book about hope' is a misnomer in my opinion.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chester

    Needlessly convoluted. Includes terms like "God value" and "emotional altverse Issac Newton". (???) Been following Mark Manson's content in the early days and this was a huge disappointment -- this time, Mark gets lost with his thoughts with his head far too down his ass.

  21. 5 out of 5

    jeremy

    true freedom doesn't really exist because we all must sacrifice some autonomy for stability. no one, no matter how much you love them or they love you, will ever absolve that internal guilt you feel simply for existing. it's all fucked. everything is fucked. it always has been and always will be. there are no solutions, only stopgap measures, only incremental improvements, only slightly better forms of fuckedness than others. and it's time we stop running from that and, instead, embrace it. exp true freedom doesn't really exist because we all must sacrifice some autonomy for stability. no one, no matter how much you love them or they love you, will ever absolve that internal guilt you feel simply for existing. it's all fucked. everything is fucked. it always has been and always will be. there are no solutions, only stopgap measures, only incremental improvements, only slightly better forms of fuckedness than others. and it's time we stop running from that and, instead, embrace it. expanding outward from his previous work, the subtle art of not giving a f*ck, mark manson's new one, everything is f*cked: a book about hope, focuses a little less on individuals and interpersonal relationships and a little more on the state of the world and our engagement with it. while manson does not offer any epiphanic insights, his ability to infuse his message with a no-bullshit approach and abundant dark humor allows it to resonant more than it otherwise would (he's certainly addressing an audience for whom such an approach works best). everything is f*cked isn't a mere chronicle or litany of worldly ills (for you'd surely need several tomes to do that!), but a dissection of what lies at their foundation: namely, you. and me. all of us, individually and collectively. if you're already a fan of manson's writing, you'll inevitably love everything is f*cked and his trademark mordant wit. unlike so much of the schlock that makes up the motivational genre, manson doesn't really offer a recipe for fixing yourself (let alone the world around you), but instead tries to offer perspective, reflection, and lessons from minds greater than his own. in sum, he just wants you to be a better person... which, if enough people strove to actually do so, a better world likely come around on its own.throughout the rich and developed world, we are not living through a crisis of wealth or material, but a crisis of character, a crisis of virtue, a crisis of means and ends. the fundamental political schism in the twenty-first century is no longer right versus left, but the impulsive childish values of the right and left versus the compromising adolescent/adult values of both the right and left. it's no longer a debate of communism versus capitalism or freedom versus equality but, rather, of maturity versus immaturity, of means versus ends.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Edward Taylor

    After reading Manson's other book "The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck", I was looking forward to another insightful read into the subtle art of "gonzo self-help" that has become pervasive in the past few years. There were some high points (his Nietzsche and Kant sections as well as "What Einstein said" were awesome) but the overall tone of the book seemed a little stretched and rushed. Trying to find a point of hope in a world of chaos and disorder can be fruitless and to quote "The Shawshank R After reading Manson's other book "The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck", I was looking forward to another insightful read into the subtle art of "gonzo self-help" that has become pervasive in the past few years. There were some high points (his Nietzsche and Kant sections as well as "What Einstein said" were awesome) but the overall tone of the book seemed a little stretched and rushed. Trying to find a point of hope in a world of chaos and disorder can be fruitless and to quote "The Shawshank Redemption" - “Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.” — Red Read it, enjoy it, but don't "hope" for the best ;)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisianthus Lee

    It ends more with a dismal whimper than a hopeful bang. Why do we need to workship at the altar of AI gods not dog? AI is an newfangled product of human creation manipulated and controlled by our high capacity fellow beings not some divine superior flown down from the olympic heaven. Our worst enemy on this planet is none other man himself.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Zarathustra Goertzel

    Unfortunately, my impression as that the further Mark deviates from dating and relationship advice, the poorer the quality becomes. I respect the effort as Mark's simple dating related advice doesn't need any additions :). Ther book lacks a coherent thread, perhaps even more so than "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck", which was a fairly decent book. tl;dr - probably not much to be gained over the articles on his blog. And the good sections, frankly, could just be articles. Perhaps I'm simply n Unfortunately, my impression as that the further Mark deviates from dating and relationship advice, the poorer the quality becomes. I respect the effort as Mark's simple dating related advice doesn't need any additions :). Ther book lacks a coherent thread, perhaps even more so than "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck", which was a fairly decent book. tl;dr - probably not much to be gained over the articles on his blog. And the good sections, frankly, could just be articles. Perhaps I'm simply not the audience? As a pessimist may be needed to effectively reach out to fellow pessimists, Mark writes to those who "truly feel that everything is fucked" (and I'm not one of them). A large theme of the book is, basically, to solidly accept how "fucked" everything is, in that dark humor dickish way, and then see what to do from there (again, an approach I have some sympathy for). Yet it's also just wrong. For example: "no one, no matter how much you love them or they love you, will ever absolve that internal guilt you feel simply for existing. it's all fucked. everything is fucked. it always has been and always will be. there are no solutions, only stopgap measures, only incremental improvements, only slightly better forms of fuckedness than others" Really now? He clearly hasn't read The Finders. This "restless discontentment with life" can go away and be replaced by "inner peace and acceptance of life". After a long tirade about how there is no meaning in life (and everything we do is insignificant, "The Uncomfortable Truth"), and any morals we choose are ultimately Subjective as we need to subjectively choose them (ok, sure), Mark presents his favorite Kantian law as "logically derived and therefore objective", The Formula of Humanity: “Act that you use humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, always at the same time as an end, never merely as a means.”The point is pretty nice (and subtle). There's clearly a human-centric bias that is, in my not so humble opinion, unwarranted. The Formula for Humanity clearly points to "presence" in "the moment" -- as musn't every moment then be treated as an ends itself? Thus this can lead to switching from "discontentment with life" to "peace and appreciaton of life", yet somehow Mark doesn't quite make this leap. Curiously "Amor Fati" (love of one's fate) in many ways also points in a similar direction. There's the claim that "Honesty, Humility, and Bravery" follow from this Formula for Humanity. But they don't exactly. The Formula instructs me to lavish the lies I tell, not to merely tell the lies to get something else: tell a fun lie and really get into the charcater! -sigh- Which leaves Mark trying to push his preferred Morals and Values via "rational reasoning" that doesn't hold. Not that I haven't done that myself :p Mark's clearly read a lot of philosophy and enjoys sharing what he learned with us, but the personal contributions fall short. Mark has a fetish for commitment and self-limitation. Which is also used to fling arbitrary critiques. Does learning a language in 3 months really not require commitment? I'd spend 8-12 hours a day if I wanted to do that. That's 'sacrifice', boi! (Rational) Self-Control is an illusion as the Feeling Brain has the wheel in the Consciousness Car, but the best advice is still to learn to trick and guide the Feeling Brain into doing "the right things" the Thinking Brain wants it to. Mark generally believes that we should do the right thing regardless of our feelings. Emotions are to be coaxed into support of doing the right thing, as without working with them, we won't be able to do the right thing (as our Thinking Brain isn't driving). I found myself a bit surprised in the start that Mark was talking up the Feeling Brain initially, as my impression was that he had moved to eschewing emotions (or "fuck your feelings"). Which is ironic, as he's still pro "factual honesty". Nonetheless, he maintained his form later in the book. Probably the best chapter of the book is "Newton's Laws of Emotion" that discusses moral gaps, and value hirearchies, how "our self-worth equals the sum of our emotions over time", and "that identity only changes when contradicted". This chapter was interesting, cutely written, and had various good points. I wish the rest of the book kept up this pace. Unforutanely the next chapter is a sarcastic satire of "how to start a religion" and promise the fulfilment of all your dreams (-- ok, your dreams will be fulfilled with sufficient followers). And there's the argument that Religion means "believe without sufficient reason", but if Value is inherently ungrounded, then any belief in the Value of something is ill-founded. Thus to Value anything is to be faith-based, and thus religious! Value your family? That's an "Interperonal Religion". Value equality? That's an "Ideological Religion". Valu your eternal soul? Ok, that's a traditional "Spiritual Religion". Basically the realization of the non-derived nature of Value is utterly butchered. "Pain is the Universal Constant" covers the hedonic treadmill. Yet, the hedonic set-point generally hovers around 7/10. Seven out of Ten. That's "fine", not "pain". I could just as well argue that this means "Joy is the Universal Constant". Mark talks about how as we strive for happiness and avoid any small pain, we become increasingly fragile and sensitive. There may be some truth to this :0 The book ends on, surprisingly, a Singularitarian note: AI will dominate the world and do everything better than us. What's next? The religion of pleasing our AI Gods, in hopes they bless our lives. The discussion of Child, Adolescent, and Adult modes of life was interesting, to be fair. Child :- immediate Pain - Pleasure reactions Adolescent :- seek transactional rules for Pain - Pleasure Adult :- live according to Principles regardless of pain or pleasure (in particular instances) Basically, as one grows and matures, one acts according to a world-model of increasing abstraction or generalization :) The problem with "Hope" for good times in the future? Well, shucks, brother, that's transactional thinking! Like you can get guarantees there anyway: you can't, and thus you'll always have some restlessness. That's why the answer to "Hope" is to do your best now. Principles are good as you bet they'll likely lead to about as good a future as you can fight for. It's easier to feel good about your actions and choices if aligned with Principles (aka Virtue ethics over Consequentialism). In the end, there are many interesting points and insights, but lost in a muddled presentation full of pseudo-reasoning and the author's personal moralizing. Cuz, yes, you suck if you do things against the author's personal moral code.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    I read Mark Manson’s first book and I really liked it. So when I saw that he wrote a follow up, I was eager to read it. But I did not enjoy this one nearly as much. It was just not as interesting to me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sharvani Pinge

    There are more things Mark gets wrong in this book than he gets them right... Oversimplification of very complex ideas, curse words slipped in unnecessarily simply because they worked in his first book, disjointed writing - one minute he's talking about hope, the next he's on to religion, and then suddenly jumps to how humanity's collective brain works. And even though they're all supposed to somehow tie together and convey the same point, they don't! I suffered through the book, skipping pages he There are more things Mark gets wrong in this book than he gets them right... Oversimplification of very complex ideas, curse words slipped in unnecessarily simply because they worked in his first book, disjointed writing - one minute he's talking about hope, the next he's on to religion, and then suddenly jumps to how humanity's collective brain works. And even though they're all supposed to somehow tie together and convey the same point, they don't! I suffered through the book, skipping pages here and there because I loved his first book and kept faith that it was ultimately going to pay off, but alas! I wouldn't recommend the book, only giving it 2 stars since there are some redeeming ideas here which do make profound sense. But at best, they should be presented as short blog articles and not as a cohesive book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Curtis Lowton

    A few good parts, but mostly f*cking boring.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Josh Laird

    The follow up to 2016's The Subtle Art of brings Mark's trademark writing back in full force; it reads like a frat boy telling you summed up pop science at a party. Sometimes it's amusing but after more than a few minutes you just want to start talking to somebody else. Mark sums up philosophy and science and supplies it in a way that's easy to read and digest. Some parts I found super interesting such as the incoming threat of AI but I found myself skimming through other parts.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Rayton

    Absolutely excellent! This book is well researched and well written. Manson is insightful and hilarious. While reading I felt both hopeful and nihilistic. This book challenges the reader in the best mind-expanding way. I imagine even those who disagree with the points of views presented here, would still come away having learned something and glad they did.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tam_ the_ med_bookie

    DNFed this one after 3 pages. What's the point of actually writing this book? Hope? Well, it didn't last. With this one.

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