Everything is F*ckd: The Rise of The Machines
Who is it for: Anyone with a penchant to question things for more than what they are.
What makes it special: Mark Manson is a genius (JK,I don't know his IQ). The book is articulate, entertaining, pungent in its arguments and offers a new perspective for our conscious reality.
Let's make some unnecessary labels: Philosophy, Moral Development, Wellness, Satirical Literature.
Mark Manson returns to literature with his new book: Everything is F*cked, A Book About Hope. For anyone familiar with the author, enjoy his writing, and his previous book (The subtle art of not giving a f*ck) this is probably the most significant release since... well, his last book.
While "The subtle art" focuses inward; challenging the reader to be intentional and selective on the values that she/he would like to adopt a moral code. Making a strong case for individual independence, and the importance of introspection. His latest book is an evolution and an explanation of the challenges/characteristics in everyone's environment that make such an inward journey and meditation so tricky.
Mark Manson has always been masterful at outlining and packaging layered and more ethereal concepts into engaging and straightforward arguments that relate to every day of what we now know (thanks to his new book) are our insignificant existences. For 'Everything is F*ckd,' he not only outlines how we got to such accurate assessment but also gives a small antidote to deal with 'the uncomfortable truth' of our existence. I could easily refer to Mark as the Nietzsche of our 'hipster' generation, not because he is a nihilist, but because he perhaps understood (at least articulately interprets) what the original author was trying to tell us.
In today's saturated stimuli environment. The book keys in several concepts of extreme importance:
1. Our choices are not our own, at least not fully.
2. We became/become vulnerable to such manipulation by ignoring the underlining drivers of our behavior and nature.
3. Neglecting our emotional brain is like ignoring the size and training of an MMA fighter and still get in the cage with them expecting to win.
4. The process is more important than the outcome. In fact, the process is the only thing that matters.
5. We are miserable because we are hopeful. Perhaps the stoics had it right: Amor Fati.
6. Our most mined commodity is attention. It is being mined and raped by everyone around us, and we are not only unaware but helpless as the battle is already won, at least in absolute terms.
The book is another commercial and personal success, one that significantly complements his previous body of work, and that continues the conversation of his most prevalent and consistent arguments throughout the author's literary career.