Forget everything you have been trained over the years and instructed to do. About how you should care and be mindful of everybody and their mama, and not take anything lying down. Forget all the keys to success and conventional self help advice from life coaches and motivational speakers seeking to ‘achieve’ happiness. Pretty much, fuck all your dreams and goals and all that zen positive thinking.
Manson provides a self-help book with blunt language(lots of cursive language) and real life examples. It’s a somewhat easy read to help you prioritize your fucks and focus on the important. However, it is not so much a pat on the back as it is a slap on your face.
The book shatters all your preconceived notions of gliding through life avoiding problems and pain to seek pleasure. Mark ‘advises’ the millenials to be wrong. Almost dares them to lower their standards. Give up. Don’t try. Follow and enjoy your pain. Nobody is special. NOBODY!
In the author’s counteractive approach to living a good life, the more you try to become certain about a particular issue, the more uncertain and insecure you will feel. Therego The Feedback Loop From Hell as Mark puts it. He quotes, There’s an insidious quirk to your brain that if you let it, can drive you absolutely batty//you’re worried about doing the right thing all the time that you become worried about how much you’re worrying/or you feel so guilty for every mistake you make that you begin to feel guilty about how guilty you’re feeling.
Manson infects lifelong gems even while still infusing lots humorous tidbits through his luscious storytelling. Take The Disappointment Panda for instance, Mark’s fictional superhero who would don a cheesy eye mask, whose superpower would be to walk around unhinged, like a Jehovah’s Witness, telling unpleasant harsh truths off the bat.
This book is a must read for this generation of millenials that tend to be annoyingly entitled and overly confident even when wallowing in a bunch of bullshit. Mark addresses this group that avoids and clamps down on challenges and suffering while heeding 25 year old life coaches. Yeah, it’s usually probably better to see the glass half-full than half-empty. But sometimes the glass is full of shit. You cannot change that by being positive about it.
So go ahead and bounce off a few fuck you’s and fuck off’s and have a fucking delightful carefree life won’t you?