Author: Mark Manson
Title: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck
Genre: Self Help; Psychology
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads
I kept seeing “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck” by Mark Manson in every post office I visited, so I caved in. I’ve read similar ones in the past, figured it’s worth it. And it was.
About the Book: Not giving a fuck does not mean not giving a fuck about anything. It’s about being selective with your fucks to give. It’s about the shitty baggage we carry around: what if, what will someone else think, I can’t do that, I’m too this or too that. We make excuses because we care about the wrong things and it’s time to settle some scores with yourself.
My Opinion: By far I couldn’t agree with everything author claimed. Book implies that we use almost everything as a crutch, an excuse, including past trauma. Yes, people can get over a lot of shit. That doesn’t mean that everyone can. Philosophies like this tend to forget we’re biological beings too, and it’s not just about the values we were forced into as children. It’s also about the chemicals in our noggins that make us both feel and do things. Or, rather, not do things. The one point that really bothered me was the guilt tripping victims of abuse. Other than that, the book is full of little gems to pick out and make your own base, for some things are pure and simple. Like, my favorite, the motivation. Most of us forget that we get suckered into things, and rarely just wake up motivated to do said things. Appetite comes while eating, as the saying goes.
A rude and not at all subtle book that in itself meant good. A 4 out of 5 for the idea behind it, minus a point for forgetting an important lesson: if we truly all have a choice, then one can also choose not to be an asshole.