Caution, mild spoilers ahead.
“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.”
I am a big fan of The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson. I have it in an audio-book format and I listen to it from time to time. It has that dose of humor and good advice that allows us to take a step back in any given situation and rethink our position on some subjects.
When I found out that M.Manson wrote a new book and with the title Everything Is F*cked, it was immediately placed on my to-read list and no longer after that it migrated to currently-reading. It took me less than four hours to finish and I enjoyed every moment of it.
M. Manson has a way of telling a story without any filter, without caring who will think what. I must say I agree with most things M.Manson says, not all of them. But it doesn’t change the fact that I see him as a person with strong opinions that are clearly stated throughout the book.
I saw a few reviews that range from “I liked this book, it was more mature than The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck” to “Horrible writing, bad comparisons…”. Different people hoped for different things when they started reading this book and I think not all of them wanted to hear what M.Manson had to say.
Well, I didn’t come with high expectations for this new installment but I was surprised. M.Manson has his opinions and he is putting them down on paper. That you do not agree with them or do not like them does not mean that he is wrong or that the book is bad. Yes, what he says sometimes is rough and radical. But we got used to living in a bubble where even a single word or opinion can hurt us. There are some much harsher things happening all around us and we need to remember that. We need to fight for the inequalities to disappear, instead of being drawn to the new scandal between some celebrities on the tabloids.
For popular non-fiction, the book was well researched and when one opinion or another was given, there was a solid-base explanation behind it. The book was easy to read and had down to earth explanations of the philosophical teaching that
It wasn’t as much fun as The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck even though I hoped for it, but some chapters and passages reminded me of it, like How to Start a Cult. But I think to compare it to The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck is to be unfair to Everything is F*cked. The books are different. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck is an autobiography of sorts, Everything is F*cked is an essay on the current state of our society. The subjects explored in Everything is F*cked are broader but everything is related to the main theme of hope and human relationships.
This is a book that I recommend you to read if you have an open mind and you are not scared to hear someone to disagree with your opinions.
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