Common sense, logical analysis and critical thinking are powerful tools to understand practically everything, and that’s what Mark Manson is all about. Everything is F*cked is his follow up book, and it shines just as much as the previous one, which is…not a lot. Forgive me for being counterintuitive in my method of communication (I swear it is not a pun on the books’ underlying ideas), but reading this book was a strangeexperience for me. I remember reading the first book during a slightly confusing and turbulent time in my life, and finding it to be one of the best books I have read in a while. I rated it a five on five and recommended it as a must-read. However, even though the content of this second book was just as…for a lack of proper word, pathbreaking, I felt let down, which got me pondering about the difference. Soon it dawned upon me that books, like us, are subject to the whims of time and context, not just of the publishing era, but also the personal environment and mindset of the reader. In retrospect, Mark Manson’s advice in both books seems nothing but an extension of what one would conclude if they simply thought logically and rationally. The problem is, the same can only be done in a good mental zone, one which is at best at a manageable level of stress or activity. Ergo, I believe this book would impact each one of you differently and leave people polarised simply because of the unique zones we’ll end up reading them in.
Both of the books are not huge leaps of information or ideas or thinking for me personally. The writing style is definitely unique, eclectic and fresh, which perhaps glams up the content. But striped down to its bare content, the book suffers in multiple ways. I noticed some absurd leaps of faith as well, and also a poor understanding of deep philosophical concepts such as the writings of Kant, and a supremely biased understanding of the consequences of the upcoming AI revolution.