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- Publisher: Harper (May 14, 2019)
- Publication Date: May 14, 2019
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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.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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From the author of the international megabestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck comes a counterintuitive guide to the problems of hope
We live in an interesting time. Materially, everything is the best it's ever been, yet somehow everything seems to be irreparably and horribly fucked. What's going on? If anyone can put a name to our current malaise and help fix it, it's Mark Manson. In Everything Is Fucked, Manson draws on mountains of psychological research, as well as on the timeless wisdom of philosophers from Plato to Tom Waits, to dissect religion, politics, money, entertainment, and the Internet.
With his usual mix of erudition and humor, Manson challenges us to be more honest with ourselves, openly defying our definitions of faith, happiness, freedom--and even of hope itself. One of the great modern writers has produced another book that will set the agenda for years to come.--Eric Barker, bestselling author of Barking Up the Wrong Tree --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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His second book "The subtle art of not giving a F$%#" was a huge drop off in quality. I read his second book a few years ago and there are two things I remember about it. First, I felt kind of tricked into getting the book because it had a "catchy" title. Second, I remember that he frequently contradicted his own statements so the book had no cohesive message.
I don't usually write reviews, but I felt compelled to write this one because I feel like I was tricked again.
The book (again) has a catchy title that really isn't necessary. The book (again) frequently contradicts itself so I did not take away a cohesive message. The worst part of this book was that it became very clear to me that this is just a random guy writing his own thoughts. He is not an expert.
That might be why I enjoyed the first book so well. The first book he was writing about something that he was an expert in, something he had a lot of experience with and something he wrote authentically.
It does that while covering existentially terrifying concepts like "Life is pain" and "Nothing matters"
and while covering free will and the self
and while covering some of the most fundamental philosophical ideas from Plato to Kant to Nietzsche
and while covering the source of all religions, ideologies, and personal relationships
and while covering the terror of global self-destruction via nuclear war etc. and the unfathomable power of Artificial Intelligence which will rule over us as gods
and while covering the effect of the internet given all of these things
and while covering how you could respond in the face of all this.
In the acknowledgements he implies that with this book he bit off more than he could chew... and then chewed it.
I'll be chewing this book for years to come.
This time though, in my opinion, he just set his sights too high. To go after religion and deep philosophical questions one needs to be at least fairly knowledgeable in scripture and acquainted with works of serious philosophers of religion.
Starting from the chapter about the “Emo Newton” it gets really boring. When it gets to religion, it’s just a string of platitudes and superficial conclusions so common for mainstream media. I couldn’t read it through to the end.
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.
Reading this book is like examining interesting lego pieces that are relevant to everyone and curiously watching Mark put each piece on top of one another. Then by the time each chapter is finished, you are like "wow, now I can see what he was building and it's clear and beautiful."
Pessimists only think about the past which will lead you to depression. Optimists will hallucinate, but we all must strive to be realists: seeing the world as they truly are. This book will help you tremendously towards comprehending ourselves interacting in this complex world we live in and will ultimately help you become a better human. I will read and re-read, buy this book as a gift to others and will pass on your messages to everyone I know. I can't highly recommend enough of this book. Thank you Mark for creating this important book.
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You could easily gulp this book down in one sitting and then gaze at the horizon thinking solemnly, "hey, didn't really assume the reality is really such messed up in real world these days..." But ditch pessimism, this book would teach you to take hold of this messed up situation we are in, socially, politically, personally, historically even, and to pick up the hidden hope that is so obvious but so subtle that it somehow missed your attention altogether.
Previously Mark Manson made us realize that "happiness" is rather overrated and why narrowing down your "f*** count" is very much necessary. Now he tries to have your attention more seriously and profoundly to a bigger perspective, that is our socio-political surroundings and our true position in it. With his typical humor, offbeat wisdom and terrific writing, you shouldn't give this book a miss. Living "hopefully" in this seemingly messed up world is another "subtle art" indeed.
Once again you are up to the mark, Mark. Cheers.
1. If you have read Daniel kahneman, Nassim Taleb, Yuval harari, Rolf dobelli and Nietzsche then most of the things would be already read by you.
Book has Mark's typical storytelling and humour and loads of F vocabulary. But in between long passages to repeat same thing gets boring too frequently.
There are same themes; Auschwitz, a rare medical condition, boring psychological research description, Einstein and splaying of Facebook, Netflix and Twitter.
4. I wonder if it has highest number of F vocabulary per page. It can work for one book, but not everytime.
I recommend if you want quality writing read author mentioned in point 1 of my review.
But it's not a book for the masses. It is for those who have at least already secured them self in the past in the financial domain. Because if you don't have money to take care of your daily life, it is but hopeless to talk about philosophy. However, how to live an ideal life through moral and personal ethics is excellently explained in the book, and the fact that it can and will lead to personal fulfillment and satisfaction at a very deep level is beyond doubt.
As rightly pointed out in the book, if you want to compare Kant's thinking brain with ours, his thinking brain must have had biceps. Most of us (if not all) are guided by our feeling brain. And that's where the author has successfully driven his point. Most of our problems are emotional (feeling brain is in the driver's seat, while the thinking brain is in the passenger seat), and we take decisions in life based on the emotions that the situations in life generates. Kant was the exception. The author has succeeded in outlining his own personal philosophy of life, a large share of which are a mix of Kant's philosophy and those of others (Nietzsche etc).
I enjoyed the book from the beginning till the end. The best part is that the author is not dictating what the reader should do. He has let it for the reader to decide. Mark has on the other hand described in detail the importance of values and how it maneuvers the dynamics of the society and people in the world in general. It is a book about psychology and a lot of research has gone into the writing of it.
The last portion of the book is about artificial intelligence (AI) and the proclamation that it is going to be the final religion.
This book is highly recommended to all avid readers with an exploring mind, who really wants to go deep down the rabbit hole to seek out the fundamentals that govern the dynamics of life we are living at present. Lot of humour fill the book, the writer never stops entertaining even when the issue is deeply philosophical.
Lot of love and respect to M. Manson for taking this bold step with writing EiF.
The book did introduce some ideas worth reflection such as the idea and need for hope, the differences between our Thinking and Feeling Brains. But generally speaking, I found it to be a manipulative style of writing, where opinions are at times overstated as facts and subtly squeezed between actual facts, giving the reader the impression that it’s all one big fact. Another thing that was disappointing about this book was the number of extensive footnotes added as notes at the end of the book. Don’t get me wrong, no one loves footnotes more than I do, but I like them as footnotes, not as references. I found this both deceiving and annoying while reading. One superscript went on for 3.5 pages as a reference. The reason why I found it deceiving is because while some of the superscripts are just references to articles, research or other books, many others are just an opinion such as “Granted he suggested it hypothetically…”p. 257 or “ I’m being a bit dramatic…” P.253 which changes the entire understanding of the paragraph. It was annoying for the obvious reason that once you found out that many of the references are in fact just additions to the writing that actually do change your understanding of it, it was frustrating to have to keep flipping back and forth to read the notes. There was also a lot of nonsensical circular logic in many of the arguments he arrogantly made. I think his Feeling brain fully took over in certain paragraphs or maybe mine is while writing this.
He also doesn't pull any punches when it comes to criticising religion and other movements, so if you're easily offended be prepared.
I'm close to rating this five stars, but I'm going to knock off one only because the last chapter went a bit wayward in my opinion. He discusses the upcoming AI revolution, which is interesting in itself but I would have preferred if he had summarised the ideas he'd addressed in the rest of the book instead - there were so many that a quick overview would have been nice.
Other than that definitely a book worth reading
🖋️ Everything is f*cked by Mark Manson.
🖋️Genre: Self help.
Q. What was the most exciting moment in the book?
A. I loved how the author ended the book.
Q. What did you think was the most important point, or climax, of the novel?
A. The most important according to me was how maturity has nothing to do with age. How We emotionally destroy our self esteem. Not knowing our strengths and weaknesses do us the maximum harm than anything else.
Q. Did you want to read the Book to the end? Why?
A. I started the book with a pre assumption but found something else. Some parts were relatable, some went over my head.
Q. Were you happy with the ending?
A. Throughout the book I was like what he wants me to get from this book. Because there were a hell lot of things generating from a single cause and it all made sense in the end.
Q. Was there anything unusual and different about the book?
A. Yes. I seriously was thinking to find something else but then it came out to be different and I was so happy knowing that atleast it all made sense.
Q. Were the descriptions good?
A. Absolutely. I love the way he writes as if having a conversation with a friend.
Q. If you had to say what the book was in one sentence how would you describe it?
A. Love yourself no matter what and accept your capabilities.
Q. Did you find this book easy to read?
A. I got bored at some points but the facts and real life incidents described are really worth knowing. I loved the ending a lot.
Q. Pick out your favourite description.
A. Pain is the currency of our values. Without the pain of loss (or potential loss), it becomes impossible to determine the value of anything at all.
Q. Would you recommend this book and why?
A. Those who have read the earlier book will obviously love that one more. I did too. But this is different, way different from what you would thought it would be. Read it with a open mind and don't miss the ending. I ended it with a big smile and everything made sense.
There are some great nuggets in here!
I'm disappointed with the book, because I was a fan of Models and The Subtle Art. It's still quite readable, but it's analogous to a B-side track.
The concept of the "Uncomfortable Truth" is a great starting point and helps puts things in perspective. I like how Mark was able to keep coming back to this point, in meaningful ways. There are many parts of this book that might make you squirm as you recognize some behaviours of your own that you have wanted to change but have not.
This book gives you solid reasons to pursue your best life. I found it very affirming.
I would have given this 5 stars, except I did not like how the book ended. I get why it did end the way it did, but I don't like endings like those (no spoilers.. you will have to read the book to the end to get it.)
I will keep this book and read it again because I think there is a lot more to it that will be uncovered in a second or third read. Ignore the F bombs.. they are used in situations where common language is used to discuss topics, but when things are very serious, there are fewer F bombs and more elegant sentences. I can feel the work that has gone into this book and appreciate it that someone would take the time to interpret Nietzsche and Plato so well, and apply them to the modern culture of today.
This book is more for the person who wants to relieve a lot of anxiety, and make themselves into a better person. I loved the parts on the Paradox of Choice and how to resolve it and the goodness that comes from finding a good path. That was very motivating!
In all, I really liked the Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, but this book was better...deeper, more meaningful and answered some really tough questions and asked even harder ones about ourselves. Highly recommend it.
Compared to Mark Manson's first book, The Subtle Art..., this read is a lot more theoretical with less personal view on the world. His thoughts to the issue are EXACTLY what our society needs at this time. The read was a lot more intense and for sure not a quick one. There is so much to take in and I know even after completing it, I will find myself referring back to sections many times in the future so I can make choices in my life while knowing and understanding how the human psyche works.
The various concerns about the cover title and the use of vulgaritiy - I was never worried about it, though this book isn't a flush with it as was his first book. His intention for shocking language is used to shock the reader to really grasp the intensity of the realities we face.
A great read and I encourage anyone who finds they reach their goals and never finds the happiness they expect with it will learn to understand why that is.
Well done Mark. I appreciate the effort and message you have stretched your neck out to share.
Here's a quote, to illustrate my point. "Science is arguably the most effective religion because it is the first religion that is able to evolve and improve on itself".
Other that that, it's okay. If you liked his first book, you may like this one too.