By: Mark Manson
Every Thing Is F*cked shattered my previous record for most index cards added to my Commonplace Book: from 232 pages, I pulled 138 of them. This was nothing short of astounding, as the previous record holder, The Power of Myth, was less than half that number.
Why so many index cards? Because Mark Manson's new book brims with shocking, actionable wisdom.
My copy came with the purchase of a ticket to the Phoenix stop of Mark's book tour. There, he harped on the point that on his previous global tour, wherever he went, he found people everywhere more or less thought their country and the world was quite f*cked. He argues that this is not a product of politics, but rather the most paradoxical oddity: that because humanity has been more peaceful and prosperous than ever before, our extreme political climate is actually a result.
Mark thinks that hope is this grand paradox. In order to have hope, something must need fixing, otherwise there would be nothing to hope for… Therefore, hope holds us in perpetual dissatisfaction. The better things get, the more sensitive we must become; the smaller our problems, the bigger we must make them. To maintain hope, we have to make “mountains out of mole hills.”
Thus, Mark argues we must abandoning hope, and instead, embracing what is. Of course, we should still take action, we just need to find the motivation to do so in other things, like principles, and the fact that we’re all temporary beings limited by a biological clock.
It also covers a breadth of topics from freedom to how our values are formed to how to start your own religion. It's a counter-intuitive, awareness-expanding, mind-boggling read.
I highly recommend it.