Title: Everything Is Fucked
Author: Mark Manson
Publisher: Harper Collins
This book is a call for better life. Our world would have been in great loss if Mark Manson wouldn’t have written this book. This book talks to you on a personal level. The book clearly shows the wisdom level of the author. The cover page of the book says that this a book about hope but when you will read, you will find that there is more to it.
This book consists of two parts which are – Hope & Everything is Fucked.
Part I. HOPE
This part is started with a story of a hero Witold Pilecki. Through this story the author conveys what it is to be a hero and to conjure hope where there is none. We are a culture and people in need of hope. Hope is the fuel of our mental engine. This world is constructed for the purpose of maintaining hope and that is what adds value to our existence. While talking about hope, the author has considered value as well as control. To build and maintain hope, we need three things – a sense of control, a belief in the value of something and a community. But when we have hope with us then what is it causing us to feel worse?
In this section, the author has portrayed the theory of Thinking Brain & Feeling Brain amazingly. Starting with the Classical Assumption, the author has explained our way of thinking wonderfully. The author says that Self Control Is an Illusion. How we always think that repressing one’s emotion will lead them to successful path but what if it is not like that and your emotions are the ones driving this crazy car of your consciousness?
In this section, Manson has presented Newton’s Three Laws of Emotions. When you will read the book, you will get into the greater depth of these laws. These three laws are –
- For every action, there is an equal and opposite emotional reaction.
- Our self-worth equals the sum of our emotions over time.
- Your identity will stay your identity until a new experience acts against it.
This part also consists of a chapter which is really fascinating and opens the door to the truth. In this chapter, the reader will understand how all the communities are working in the name of hope. How the robe of every religion is for the respect for the community and not the God itself. How it is important to have a common enemy to run a community. How to start your own religion consists of six steps.
This part summarizes Amor Fati which means love for one’s fate. Amor Fati was a formula for greatness given by Nietzsche. It meant the unconditional acceptance of all life and experience. In the end, this part will tell you that how Hope is Fucked and there are greater things that exist.
Part II. EVERYTHING IS FUCKED
This part starts with The Formula of Humanity. A philosopher Kant believed that there was a clear right and wrong, a value system that transcended and operated outside any human emotions or Feeling Brain judgement. The author has given a beautiful explanation on how we grow up and how to grow up. This part explains the difference between the child’s way of seeking pleasure and adolescent’s way of seeking pleasures and how adults are just about their principles.
The Formula of Humanity states, “Act that 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.” It says that to transcend the transactional realm of hope, one must act unconditionally.
The author also portrays the value of pain and how it is necessary in our life. if there will be no pain, people will not understand the value of anything. Pain is inevitable which can just be lessened. All the great inventions were done to lessen the pain. One can categorize and then compare the pain but one can never escape it for it is what determines the value of life.
In this part, the author has explained a very different connection of human’s psychology with the marketing which very less people in the history have figured out. And this marketing is prevailing even now by telling the flaws of humans and then filling those voids by offering products to the customers. In today’s era, inventions have reduced and diversions have increased. Diversions are the options given to humans to seek pleasure and illusionary hope.
The author says that the real freedom comes 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. Real freedom is the conscious decision to live with less.
The last chapter of this book opens the box of the truth. The truth which has the ability to make the entire world advance rapidly and also to destroy the entire humanity. At the end of the book, there is a note section through which the reader will understand the origin of every particular statement. The author has read many books, essays and articles before writing this book. In the beginning, you mind might not figure out what the author wants to say through these stories but after few pages, every line will start making sense.
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About the Author
Mark Manson (born March 9, 1984) is an American self-help author, blogger, and entrepreneur. He is the author of the website MarkManson.net and two books, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, and Models: Attract Women Through Honesty. He is also the CEO and founder of Infinity Squared Media LLC.