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Do not get misled by the title. I have been following the author’s articles after a friend forwarded me one of his articles, in defense of being average.

Ignore the generous and liberal profanities, you get monk wisdom in a way you can relate and understand.

Which of the following statements do you agree to ?

With great power comes great responsibility ?

or

With great responsibility comes great power ?

If you chose the latter, you will love the book.

It has been drilled into me by virtue of spiritual teachings , gurus and meditation jaunts, that the first step in leading a better life is ‘Taking Responsibility’ , ‘Taking Absolute Responsibility’ for everything  around you. I have found it easier to live, when I took responsibility for everything around me and when I find the author echoing similar sentiments and more, I cannot agree more. You could argue that I am biased, but I am willing to live with that bias.

I find the narrative to be a mixture of compelling  story telling with counter intuitive steps to clean up the mess we create for ourselves , offers itself as a highly engaging read. I cannot agree more when the author says

“Life is about not knowing and then doing something anyway. All of life is like this. It never changes. Even when you’re happy. Even when you’re farting fairy dust. Even when you win the lottery and buy a small fleet of Jet Skis, you still won’t know what the hell you’re doing. Don’t ever forget that. And don’t ever be afraid of that.”

I would like you to pick up the book , if you want your long held assumptions of any form to be challenged , examined and re-framed, then you will love this book.

Even otherwise this is a good book to pick up and figure out your point of view versus the author’s.

I just wished the author had reduced the word count of F*ck in the book. But you cannot ask for less of it in a book which has F*ck in the title!

I would end this with another profound quote , where the author summarizes on how we should tread on uncharted territories that we have chosen

“Learn to sustain the pain you’ve chose. When you choose a new value, you are choosing to introduce a new form of pain into your life. Relish it. Savor it. Welcome it with open arms. Then act despite it.”

Please give a F*ck and pick up this book.

Enjoy Maadi (Have Fun)

Zunder