September 21

Review: Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope

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I bought “Everything is F*cked: A Book about Hope” shortly after I heard a couple of people talking about it. I knew he had written it, but despite my LOVE for his first book, I wasn’t in a hurry to get it. I felt he had covered life pretty well in “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck”, and maybe didn’t want to be disappointed (it is likely my most recommended book ever, and I have purchased numerous copies as gifts). You can read my review of that book here.

As a therapist I found his first book infinitely helpful in working with clients, and have recommended it to many. An intern who works with me astutely pointed out how his theory parallels ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy /Training), a treatment approach I embrace and practice both professionally and to the best of my ability in my life. However, I often find authors (if I considered myself one I would certainly lump myself in with this) simply repeat their philosophy in another way in subsequent books. I didn’t want his second book to detract from the first.

It didn’t. If he is regurgitating his philosophy, I didn’t notice. This book is deeper, more intellectual, likely darker, and puts forth his philosophy of human life more boldly. He challenges the reader to look deep within. He cites his sources in psychological studies to support his claims. He puts forth what seems like a dark and, likely for most people, unacceptable truth. He then discards old ways of dealing with it and makes the argument those ways are why we have screwed things up so badly. He uses the likes of Nietzsche and Kant to support his vision. And to make it more interesting, he gives insight into their lives. He makes bold predictions about the future. All while writing in an accessible and somewhat lighthearted manner. He throws exaggerated, outrageous, and humorous examples into deep material.

I’m not going to say much more about the content of the book. There are twists I in no way want to give away. I’m not sure he provides an answer, as much as simply a confrontation with a truth (should you choose to accept it). He puts forth a philosophy he holds to be true (and, likely because I like the book so much that I do also). Someday, what is left of the human race might find his book and think him genius for predicting what has come to pass (as he does with Nietzsche). Or maybe it’s just a thought provoking read. Either way, I give it my highest recommendation, though I suspect fewer will like it as much as his first book. Myself, I may have liked it equally, but am much more comfortable recommending the first to those I don’t know well.

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