Behold! “The subtle art of not giving a f*ck” by Mark Manson. The book that is currently topping all charts and for a good reason. This is an excellent book.
It’s been a long long time since I actually read a book. I used to read novels from various authors including: “Dean Koontz, John Grisham, Dan Brown and Andy McDermott”. The last one has written the fantastic “Hunt for Atlantis” one of my all time favorite novels.
After a while I moved on to some non-fiction books and the last one I read was called Brandwashed. A good book about….ehhh….something.
So after a long hiatus I felt that it was time to dive into books again. However, not novels. I needed something with more substance. My brain needed it.
I had 2 goals.
- 1. Self-improvement.
- 2. Use the smartphone less, especially on the train.
As a society we are too engulfed in technology. We are surrounded by it and lately I feel a growing resistance to use the smartphone. Anyway that’s for another topic.
I think the title was one of the biggest reasons that convinced me to buy this book. That in combination with the bright orange cover the book just screams: “Buy me! Buy me ffs!”. And I did.
“The Subtle Art Of Not Giving a F*ck” is a sort of self-help guide that teaches us to give less fucks about trivial things in life and find out what to actually give a fuck about.
From the book:
The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.
The subject matter itself makes for an interesting read but it’s Mark Manson’s writing that makes it really enjoyable. Point in case, this snippet.
The more you desperately want to be happy and loved, the lonelier and more afraid you become, regardless of those who surround you. The more you want to be spiritually enlightened, the more self-centered and shallow you become in trying to get there.
It’s like this one time I tripped on acid and it felt like the more I walked toward a house, the farther away the house got from me. And yes, I just used my LSD hallucinations to make a philosophical point about happiness. No fucks given.
Or what about this…
To not give a fuck is to stare down life’s most terrifying and difficult challenges and still take action.
While not giving a fuck may seem simple on the surface, it’s a whole new bag of burritos under the hood. I don’t even know what that sentence means, but I don’t give a fuck. A bag of burritos sounds awesome, so let’s just go with it.
It touches a serious subject with a pinch of witty humor and I LOVE IT.
I’m currently reading the book for the second time because this book is too good to just read once and put away. Plus I need to read a book a few times before my brain actually absorbs it.
“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” Scores top points on the PapiRecommendoMeter.
Edit: We really need a disappointment panda tv-show!