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Summary

Nihilism is making a comeback, and for younger generations, the idea that existence is meaningless is cause for celebration, not despair.

Written directly for burnt-out millennials disillusioned with the search for meaning through career success, a beautiful life and a beautiful Instagram account, The Sunny Nihilist explains why achievement has not made us happy. Looking anew at a philosophy usually associated with grumpy pessimists, writer Wendy Syfret examines how meaning pervades our modern experience of work, love, religion and wider society, and asks whether a touch of upbeat nihilism could actually lighten our loads.

Making the case for rejecting the cult of purpose and accepting our un-importance in the universe as a positive reality, The Sunny Nihilist urges us to be cheerful in the face of it - because if nothing matters, we might as well be happy and good to each other.

In an era defined by stress and selfishness, self-care and obsessive individuality, emptiness can offer absolution.

©2021 Wendy Syfret (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

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  • 27-09-21

Boring, ignorant, ironically hypocritical

Self indulgent bimbo philosophy. As shallow as an off the cuff social media post puffed out to fill a book. Author needs to learn how research, think and edit. It starts out painfully slow and ponderous, dragging you through dull details of her sluggish neurones grappling with her processing her processing of her dawning realisation of, like, *basically nothing at all*, and definitely nothing new at all, although she thinks so. Author hasn't done basic research but is excited by her own INSIGHTS.

Confuses consumption by her generation with creative production and invention of same, leaving her to erroneous conclusions that neglect a rich historical context. Everything preceding her personal awareness or experience is discounted. Ironically, she ticks her own boxes along the way. Listen for that if you get this book