The sunny nihilist : a declaration of the pleasure of pointlessness

by Syfret, Wendy,

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A positively rebellious take on a traditionally negative philosophy offers an antidote for our anxious times.

Career success, a beautiful life, a beautiful Instagram account--what's the point? In a world where meaning has become twisted into a form of currency that everyone is very keen to cash in on, journalist Wendy Syfret invites you to change the way you think about the way you think.

In her seminal work, The Sunny Nihilist , Syfret presents the optimism in Nihilism, encouraging us to dismantle our self-care and self-centered way of living and accept a life more or less ordinary. Syfret re-examines the meaning of worth, value, time, happiness, success, and connection, and guides us towards the alternative path of pointless pleasure.

When you let go of the idea that everything must have purpose, you will find relief from stress, exhaustion, and anxiety. Most importantly, you can embrace the opportunity to enjoy the moment, the present, the chaos and luck of being alive at all. The Sunny Nihilist is an inspiring call to action and survival adaptation for modern life.
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Journalist Syfret (How to Think Like an Activist) urges readers to confront the "futile and meaningless" nature of existence in this savvy introduction to nihilism. Living in a society obsessed with making every moment meaningful left Syfret feeling guilty and anxious, she explains. What turned her life around was accepting that nothing she does will matter in the grand scheme of things, an outlook she dubs "sunny nihilism" and which positions "pointlessness as a chance to breathe and think." Syfret looks at the way nihilism has been weaponized, having been twisted to fit the Nazis' agenda and employed by conspiracy theorists and associated with darkness. She offers a brighter take on it, making a case that it allows for "a chance to enjoy the moment, the present, the chaos, and luck of being alive." She offers plenty of anecdotes and tips, as when she skewers the "myth of meaningful work" by reminding readers that it "has no larger significance." While Syfret tends to get repetitive, she nonetheless offers sharp takes on love, religion, work, and consumerism. This hopeful and breezy take will have philosophy-minded readers believing that an ordinary existence can indeed "become celestial"--if the perspective is right. Agent: Alexandra Cliff. (Jan.)"
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Subjects Happiness.
Conduct of life.
Publisher San Francisco, California :Chronicle Prism,2022
Language English
Notes Reprint. Originally published: London : Souvenir Press, 2021.
Description 199 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-195).
ISBN 9781797215808
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