The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Mark Manson
Contributed by Micheal Celestin
Chapter 1
Summary

Manson starts his guide by stating that what people do wrong is obsessively focusing only on the positive stuff. By doing this, we end up in a loop of reminding ourselves what we lack. Social media also plays a key role in what is called "the feedback loop from hell". We are constantly bombed with pictures and videos on social media which portrays the perfect life of the others and from that point, we start desiring achieving everything they already have. In order to short-circuit this damaging circle, we need to limit what we really care about. This doesn't mean becoming indifferent persons, but more about dividing our experiences into those which will matter in a few years and those which won't. By doing all of this we will be able to escape the claws of today's society which forces us to desire to become someone who we aren't. In the end, more success arises from accepting who we are than fighting to become similar to someone who we idolize.

Analysis

Based on what the author tries to share with the readers we can deduce the fact that the desire to have only positive experiences is considered a negative pathway. This is mostly because during these craves we only focus on the outcome of things and we skip the learning part that actually represents the ultimate goal. The same thing applies when we care too much about unimportant things. Manson thinks that we should imagine that our concerns are limited and we need to sort everything based on their priority. By doing this we will manage to avoid becoming another prey for the business industry which will try to feed us with all their products by convincing us that we are in desperate need of them.

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