Book Review – The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” is topping a lot of reading list recently, and for good reason.  Mark Manson gives us some simple advice that, if applied judiciously can help lighten your mental load and free you from the strain and stress the world is pushing on you.

It is a rough around the edges discussion about how we are being driven mad by a society that seams to scream at us constantly to care about everything, all.. the .. time.  From its provocative title, you would expect the advice to be direct and highly assertive and you wouldn’t be disappointed.  This is not a book for people who want to be gently reassured that everything is going to be OK as long as they put their head down and work hard.  Manson, assures us all that life will be hard, we will loose more frequently then we win, and in the end wee will die.  So why is this book doing so well?

I think it is hitting a nerve because Manson isn’t actually telling us not to care, he is telling us to be selective about what we care about, and then to be highly focused in our caring.  He isn’t sugar coating things or talking around his points and gets right into the meat and potatoes of why he thinks the way he does by sharing personal insights and hard learned lessons from his own life.  This type of assertive nurturing goes a long way in today’s overly cautious “every body wins” social climate.  Some of us just like to hear it like it is.

Personally, I think the book is cleverly named, but the content isn’t as counter-intuitive as we are led to believe.  Our brains can only handle so much, and when our we are over loaded we shut down.  When we shut down we are physically weaker, we loose mental focus, and can completely break down emotionally.  To live a better life we need to jealously guard our “reserves of caring” so that we can really care about what is important to us and disregard the rest.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

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