How to live in a world where everything you value is under attack
Mark Manson, the author of 'The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck", told us what we can do in a world where we feel our values are under constant threat. Following is a transcript of the video.
Mark Manson: So everybody today feels like their values and the things that they care about are under attack and what I actually find most interesting is that everybody is simultaneously feeling this at the same time. There's not any one single group that is being attacked or marginalized especially at the moment. I think what's happening is just a side effect of the technology of the Internet.
It's constantly exposing people to attacks on their beliefs and values so if you are super religious, you are constantly being exposed to things that you believe attack your religion. If you are really big into civil rights and equality, you are constantly being exposed to things that feel like they are attacking civil rights and equality. And so the Internet has created this very strange environment where everybody across demographics, across the political spectrum, feels like they are under siege.I think the only thing we really can do is simply be aware that there is nothing special about this moment or whatever our cause is for, like all the stuff that we are constantly exposed to, I think we just need to be more skeptical about it. Just because you see some of these clickbaity stories that set you off and get you really upset like it doesn't mean the whole world is like that. It doesn't mean like everything is collapsing and caving in.
I've always kind of subscribed to the philosophy that things are never as good as you think they are and they are also never as bad as you think they are. And so, I just have to remind myself all the time to basically take everything with a grain of salt. You know, even when I see stories online that support, that makes me feel good about my own beliefs, I try to stay skeptical about it and take it with a grain of salt and the same goes for things that, you know, maybe piss me off.