With a title like Everything is F*cked you wouldn’t expect the book to be about hope, yet there it is in the subtitle: “A Book about Hope.” You wouldn’t expect anything less from mega-bestselling author Mark Manson, though. His international renown comes courtesy of his popular book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, a book that took a look at how our constant anxiety is permeating our modern lives, and ruining them.
Now Manson continues his erudite and witty observations with this new book.
Written on the premise that we live in interesting times that have never actually been better—times with more freedom, better health, and more wealth than at any other point in human history—the book explores why everything seems to be so messed up, almost to the point of being irreparable. Our planet is warming up, governments are becoming increasingly corrupt, and economies are on the verge of collapsing. It’s no wonder that Twitter is constantly alight with woes of how bad things are in spite of all the good things going on.
Manson invokes psychological research to take a look at all the calamities we face today. Drawing on the wisdom of philosophers like Plato, Nietzsche, and Tom Waits, Manson delves into religion and politics while exploring how money, entertainment, and the internet take their toll on our psychological well-being.
The underlying message is a challenge to be more honest with ourselves; to re-evaluate our definitions of faith, happiness, and freedom; to even redefine what hope actually is. It’s a book that defies our current spiritual malaise by taking on hard science, moral philosophy, and religious piety. Manson does it all with keen insights and a hilarious wit that is filled with practical advice and ageless wisdom. It’s a book that you need to read before you throw your hands up in disgust and give up on it all.