The Feedback Loop From Hell
An excerpt on Lifehacker from Mark Manson’s new book.
We joke online about âfirst-world problems,â but we really have become victims of our own success. Stress-related health issues, anxiety disorders, and cases of depression have skyrocketed over the past thirty years, despite the fact that everyone has a flat-screen TV and can have their groceries delivered. Our crisis is no longer material; itâs existential, itâs spiritual. We have so much fucking stuff and so many opportunities that we donât even know what to give a fuck about anymore.
Because thereâs an infinite amount of things we can now see or know, there are also an infinite number of ways we can discover that we donât measure up, that weâre not good enough, that things arenât as great as they could be. And this rips us apart inside.