Quick Book Review: “How to Stay Human in a Fucked-Up World” by Tim Desmond
I readily admit that it was the provocative title of the book that suckered me in. I was hoping the book would have more of a sociological bent, given that the author has a history of political activism, but it was totally focused on Buddhism and mindfulness. I’ve read a few books on mindfulness and meditation, and I do meditate for 15 minutes daily, so I wasn’t opposed. It just didn’t resonate with me at this point in my life. The book seems more geared for people who are really struggling with how to cope with such a messed up world and don’t know where to begin. I liked that the author does share his very personal story about dealing with his wife’s cancer diagnosis and with some traumatic experiences of his youth, but I just couldn’t relate. I think I’ve read too many of these types of books at this point. Probably a great book for someone who is new to mindfulness meditation.