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This book is tough to put down. It’s written in a highly engaging way. I’ve learned a lot about myself through reading it and I suspect that applying some of the mental models from it will lead to many more realisations. Highly recommended, particularly if you’re feeling a bit stuck in life.
1.0 out of 5 starsGreat book but don’t buy from Amazon
Reviewed in Australia on 13 November 2019
Great book but don’t buy from Amazon
Received a copy in Melbourne which was “exclusive for the Indian subcontinent” The print was terrible and an extremely low quality publication. It felt it was being printed in someone’s garage on “eco mode”. But the book. It’s great. But buy it from somewhere else.
Really enjoyed this second book in the series from Mark Manson. I have been a paid subscriber to his blog for sometime and his previous book, Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, was one of my favourite books of 2017. The audible version of that book still rates as my favourite ever in no small part to the narrator, Roger Wayne. Unfortunately for Everything is F*cked, Mark has decided to narrate this himself and it is disappointing. I only managed to listen to about 25% before I gave it away and had to revert to reading the printed version. Hopefully for future books Mark goes back to using Roger.
Very good read. First chapters are a bit of a choir to get through. Gets better in the last few chapters. The subtle art of not giving a f*** is by far the better book of the two, that one is a masterpiece for sure
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.
I read Mr Manson’s previous book on a friend’s recommendation and was very keen to read this book. Mr Manson writes that we need three things in order to build and maintain hope: a sense of control, belief in the value of something and community.
‘Today’s tyranny is achieved by flooding people with so much diversion, so much [……..] information and frivolous distraction, that they are unable to make smart commitments.’
He argues that while we each have a thinking brain (accurate, conscientious, and impartial), it is our feeling brain (based on emotion) which is truly in control. The key is to navigate the relationship between emotional response and action.
‘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.’
The first half of the book explains the importance of hope, the second half explores the horrors of a world without hope, a world in which people feel disconnected and undervalued.
In this book, we are being asked to think about how to address an absence of hope, to think about how we can each become the best adult we can be. Philosophy is part of the answer and I confess that I found Mr Manson’s contemporary presentations of Plato, Newton, Kant, Nietzsche, Freud and Einstein comparatively easy to read and understand.
Mark Manson's thoughts on 'hope' and how it can be harmful are really interesting and thought-provoking. Some may not like his style of writing but I don't mind it and I share his sense of humour.
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.
I love the way Mark writes. His views are so well balanced and candid.. Yet considerate. One of the main chapters in this book I found a little long winded (tense the 4stars), otherwise a great book. He always leaves you thinking ! Brilliant mind and the way he delivers information is really enjoyable to read. Highly recommended !