Blog The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Posted Aug. 21, 2017, 6:37 p.m. by T

Advertisement
KFAI - Roar of the Underground

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
by Mark Manson
Pan Macmillan Australia

It is only after you have lost everything that you are free to do anything.
Nothing is static.
Everything is appalling.
Everything is falling apart.
You have to realize that some day you will die, until you know that you are useless.
Quintessentially, Mark Manson could have joined Tyler Durden’s campaign, adding the inscriptive of Charles Bukowski’s tombstone “Don’t try.”
Manson’s oeuvre is based on the truism that some things in life are just awful and we have to deal with it, no matter what positive thinking mantra is being propagated as the latest fad for the spoiled generations of millenials that are being rewarded for trying.
Despite the profane lingo – one cannot help but think that the crude language is used as a tool to trick to engage an ADHD riddled audience to engage with actual values - the book is inspiring as it is grounded on academic research and a fundamental acceptance of some truths, i.e. that you are not a unique snowflake with unlimited abilities.

It is about embracing your shortcomings, fears and limitations – about acceptance, lessons learned and confronting unpleasant truths to enable yourself to move on to figure out what truly matters and what needs to be disregarded and let go, limiting concern over things that have little to
no meaning or value in your life.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving an F is both a reality check and a mirror for self-confrontation, devoid of any positive airy-fairy fluff that mainstream media spoon-feeds us to believe in self-help gurus.
As per Manson, life is essentially an endless series of problems, no matter what your approach is.
Instead of wasting time avoiding those problems, Manson encourages the reader to make a deliberate choice to decide for which problems you are willing to sacrifice for.

“The path to happiness is a path full of shit heaps and shame,” Manson quips.

While the book does not reveal a world changing epiphany, it is an at times painfully honest, refreshing and fulfilling read that succeeds at kärchering the grime of denial and delusion off our pneumas to ultimately find the courage and confidence we desperately seek.

While abandoning hope, the book actually is hopeful and does leave you feeling elated.

The nourishing effect of Manson Trojan horsing some unfiltered truths past our filters to inspire thoughts that count.

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Henry Darger book review

Posted by T
Feb. 3, 2020, 5:23 p.m.

Henry Darger Prestel Publishing   “Outsider art” is an interesting term as it can pertain to art outside the confines of the well-trodden path of mainstream art and autodidactic artists ... read more

Search/Play/Repeat - January (Part 2)

Posted by Aaron H
Feb. 1, 2020, 1:38 p.m.

January - Part 2: Sex, Chubs, and Bloc & Roll Let's jump into some of the stuff that kicked off my new year. A couple of albums came at the ... read more

Search/Play/Repeat - January (Part 1)

Posted by Aaron H
Feb. 1, 2020, 1:32 p.m.

January - Part 1: An Introduction Hiya folks! Welcome to my new Search/Play/Repeat blog. One of the ideas and influences I got for this blog began when I started to ... read more

What’s Sumatra with You? - East Forged

Posted by T
Feb. 1, 2020, 10:18 a.m.

What’s Sumatra with You? East Forged   As I travel this earthround, more often than not on more exotic territory, I find myself reminded of Abraham Lincoln musing that if ... read more

Glenturret Burns Night @ Sydney Opera House

Posted by T
Jan. 27, 2020, 8:14 p.m.

Glenturret Burns Night Sydney Opera House January 25, 2020 Sydney, Australia   Reimagining a traditional Sottish gathering and weaving in indigenous Australian components is an exercise that demands a delicate ... read more

Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.