“PHILOSOPHER: There is no change in what I say. The world is simple and life is simple, too.
YOUTH: How? Anyone can see that it’s a chaotic mass of contradictions.
PHILOSOPHER: That is not because the world is complicated. It’s because you are making the world complicated.”
I’m not a fan of writing long reviews of books; that seems self-defeating. By now, you’ve already decided whether you’re going to read this book or not, and I’m not here to convince you either way — I don’t give a damn what you read (or don’t).
I will tell you that this is a philosophical book, not a new-age middle-finger-to-the-world self-help type that has become quite popular over the past couple years.
For the sake of this post being a book review, though, I’ll give you the introduction of the book straight from the Reading Group Guide at the back of the book:
“The Courage to Be Disliked follows a conversation between a young man and a philosopher as they discuss the tenets of Alfred Adler’s theories. Alder, a lesser-known twentieth-century psychologist whose work stands up to Freud and Jung, believes in a liberating approach to happiness in which each human being has the power and potential to live a happy and fulfilled life without worry about the past or future. Their dialogue spans five nights, and the reader is invited to journey alongside the youth as he grapples with, fights against, and is ultimately moved by the profundity of Alder’s wisdom.”
You Should Read The Courage To Be Disliked IF: You’re into philosophy, especially Eastern philosophy, and you enjoy the prospect of intellectual debate that strips emotion from an argument.