Mark Manson has carved out a successful niche for himself — one where surprisingly good life advice is imparted alongside a lot of F-bombs. His best-selling 2016 book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” sold a million copies.
Now, the blogger and entrepreneur returns with “Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope” (HarperCollins), out Tuesday. While the title might suggest that we’re all seriously doomed, he has a straightforward, sensible take, peppered with wisdom from some of history’s greatest philosophers (and, again, plenty of swearing).
His idea: that the world might seem like a hopeless place right now, but that doesn’t mean you get a pass to stop behaving like a decent person.
“Instead of looking for hope, try this. Don’t hope. Don’t despair, either. In fact, don’t deign to believe you know anything. It’s that assumption of knowing with such blind, fervent, emotional certainty that gets us into these kinds of pickles in the first place. Don’t hope for better,” he writes. “Just be better. Be something better. Be more compassionate, more resilient, more humble, more disciplined. Many people would also throw in there, ‘Be more human,’ but no — be a better human.”
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