From the author of the international mega-bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck comes a counterintuitive guide to the problems of hope. We live in an interesting time. Materially, everything is the best it`s ever been—we are freer, healthier, and wealthier than any people in human history. Yet, somehow everything seems to be irreparably and horribly f*cked—the planet is warming, governments are failing, economies are collapsing, and everyone is perpetually offended on Twitter. At this moment in history, when we have access to technology, education, and communication our ancestors couldn`t even dream of, so many of us come back to an overriding feeling of hopelessness.
What`s going on? If anyone can put a name to our current malaise and help fix it, it`s Mark Manson. In 2016, Manson published The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck, a book that brilliantly gave shape to the everpresent, low-level hum of anxiety that permeates modern living. He showed us that technology had made it too easy to care about the wrong things, that our culture had convinced us that the world owed us something when it didn`t—and worst of all, that our modern and maddening urge to always find happiness only served to make us unhappier. Instead, the “subtle art” of that title turned out to be a bold challenge: to choose your struggle; to narrow and focus and find the pain you want to sustain. The result is an international phenomenon, with millions of copies sold worldwide and the number one best-selling book in 13 countries.
Now, with Everything Is F * cked, Manson shifts his gaze from the inevitable flaws of each and everyone to the endless catastrophe that is happening in the world around us. Using psychological research on these issues and the timeless wisdom of philosophers such as Plato, Nietzsche, and Tom Waits, he analyzes religion and politics, and their unpleasant convergence. He sees our relationship with money, entertainment, the internet, and how good things can psychologically eat us up. He openly opposes our definition of faith, happiness, freedom, and even desires themselves. With his usual mix of erudition and wherethef*ckdidthatcomefrom humor, Manson takes us by the collar and challenges us to be more honest with ourselves and connected with the world in ways we probably haven`t considered before. It`s another counterintuitive romp through the pain in our hearts and the stress of our soul. One of the great modern writers has produced another book that will set the agenda for years to come.