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Values feedback

Mark Manson explores the concept of value, and examines how individuals and societies assing meaning and importance to life. He argues that our pursuit of values, including success, happiness or relationships, often leads to frustration and disappointment because our values are ever changing and often conflicting.

Our two brains determine our values and put them in constant conflict.

The feedback loop

Manson introduces the idea of a feedback loop. This loop is a cycle for the pursuit of certain values, and this look becomes self-desctructive. This loop begins with a desire for something, this leads to an intense focus on achieving that desire. However, the more we focus on desire, the more it evades our grasp and creates a sense of frustration and inadequacy. This then intensifies our desire, perpetuation the loop, causing increased dissatisfaction.

The chapter explores how the modern world, with an emphasis on individualism and constant comparison through social media, feeds the feedback loop. Manson suggests that our culture’s obsession with positivity and success at all costs contributes to the negative impact of this feedback loop. Instead of embracing failure and the inevitable setbacks in life, we often feel pressured to maintain a façade of success and happiness.

An approach to values

Manson advocates for a more realistic and nuanced approach to values. Rather than seeking an unattainable state of perpetual happiness or success, he encourages readers to embrace the inevitable struggles and difficulties that come with pursuing meaningful goals. Manson argues that finding a balance between holding values that matter to us and being flexible in the face of changing circumstances is essential for a more fulfilling and sustainable life.

One key takeaway from Chapter 2 is Manson’s assertion that values are not absolute truths but rather tools that we use to navigate the complexities of life. He emphasizes the importance of choosing values that are both meaningful and flexible, allowing for adaptation and growth.

Positive hope?

Additionally, Manson explores the concept of “hope” in this chapter, challenging the conventional idea that hope is always positive. He suggests that blind hope can lead to denial and avoidance of reality, contributing to the Feedback Loop from Hell. Instead, Manson proposes a form of hope that is grounded in reality, acknowledging the difficulties and uncertainties of life while still maintaining a sense of purpose and meaning.

In summary, Chapter 2 of “Everything is F*cked” by Mark Manson delves into the intricacies of values and their impact on our lives. Manson encourages readers to reevaluate their pursuit of certain values and adopt a more flexible and realistic approach to finding meaning and purpose in a world that can often feel chaotic and overwhelming.