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Not this one. This book will resonate long after you’ve finished. The stories illuminate, the ideas are clearly explained, and from as early as page 20, you’ll start reconsidering your life choices.
I’ve spent an unhealthy portion of my life cynical about happiness, walking around with an argument stuck in my head. This book pulled me out of that. I don’t know if I’ll go back to that, but it’s been three weeks already, and I’m still meditating, still thinking positively, and still challenging my thoughts. Not too shabby.
The author takes a secular approach to the meaning of life. If you're already willing to live as an optimistic nihilist, this is the book for you. It goes over evolutionary reasons for the way we are, why modern society is a bad fit, and how to make yourself happier and healthier within that context. Briefly touches on a lot of popular topics related to this- the Paleo diet, hunter-gatherer lifestyles, etc etc. The book also talks a good amount about meditation and eastern philosophy. The book doesn't cite the studies mentioned super well, but it makes a good case for meditation and adopting a little bit of buddhist philosophy to make yourself happier. It doesn't claim to have any big metaphysical answers, but the advice is a decent place to start if you're looking to be happier.
It can be pretty pretentious at times, but that won't bother you if you already agree with the author- and if you're buying this book I'm guessing you do. Experienced hipster white guy buddhists will probably be familiar with most of the concepts in this book, but it's worth a read through anyway, if only to give you new ways to explain this stuff to your friends and family.
My biggest gripe while reading the book is that the author seems to think following this lifestyle will lead dozens of beautiful gathering (not hunting, of course, because that would confuse their girlbrains) women to line up to bang him. It probably helps sell his pitch to hipster bros but it was pretty weird for me. I'm not denying gender-based division of labor in most studied hunter-gatherer societies, I'm just saying his attachment to everyone being hot (and hot to trot) before agriculture killed the party is a little off-putting.
I'll put it this way- I'm a bit of a hippie, but I'm not very secular, I don't dig Buddhism much, and if someone called themselves a biohacker in real life I'd have to try really hard not to punch them. But I liked this book a lot.
Also makes you feel like...........we really are going to need therapy for electronic gadgets. I think they are too addicting for some people. You know, those of you who cannot put them down. It's called social isolation.
Traditional dogmatic buddhist or highly sensitive politically correct readers may sneer at Pradas' relaxed approach and his casual yet witty sexual references. This book isn't for you. But! You should read it, don't bother wasting time on the trolling review and send it to a friend or family member who might live a better life and gain some understanding into why you spend so much time on the cushion.
This book was so entertaining I literally read it front to back in one go. If you, or someone you love, is in need of some encouragement and guidance to lead a better life, but you want to be entertained as well, this book will do.