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.so macros.ms
.so book-summary-macros.ms
.TITLE Against White Feminism
.AUTHOR Rafia Zakaria
.AUTHOR
.ft CW
summarised by
.ft
Philippe Pittoli
.SUMMARIZED_BY Philippe Pittoli
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.ABSTRACT1
The book talks about Rafia Zakaria and "the problem" of whiteness in feminism (which is completely different from white women, as she promises).
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.I "white fragility" ,
apparently, and the list of stupid remarks like this goes on.
It seems that everything has to do with race for the author, always, and in case there is a difference between two cultures, as a white person you should accept and maybe even adopt the foreign culture, for reasons.
.NH
Conclusion, my point of view
.SECTION Conclusion, my point of view
.PARAGRAPH_INDENTED
This book is an excellent example of the worst; identity politics at its finest.
The author advocates for a massive societal shift, mostly towards an

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.so macros.ms
.TL
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
.AU
Dale Carnegie
.AU
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summarised by
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Philippe Pittoli
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.TITLE How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
.AUTHOR Dale Carnegie
.SUMMARIZED_BY Philippe Pittoli
.ABSTRACT1
The book is mostly a collection of anecdotes.
I won't talk about them all, so this summary will be short.
.INFORMATIONS \\*[WEBSITE]/how-to-stop-worrying-and-start-living.pdf \\*[EMAIL]
.AE
.ABSTRACT2
.TWO_COLUMNS
.NH
Some pieces of advice in the book
.PP
.SECTION Some pieces of advice in the book
.PARAGRAPH_INDENTED
The following isn't the exhaustive list of tips from the book, but a rough summary.
.SH
When anxious about a decision to make
.LP
.SECTION_NO_NUMBER When anxious about a decision to make
.PARAGRAPH_UNINDENTED
Ask yourself some questions: what am I worrying about? What can I do about it?
Then, take decisions: what I'll do about it, when I'll do it.
After that, stop thinking about the matter, you made up your mind and what is done is done.
.br
In other words: gather facts. Analyze. Decide, act and forget.
.SH
When facing a fearful future
.LP
.SECTION_NO_NUMBER When facing a fearful future
.PARAGRAPH_UNINDENTED
Imagine the worst.
Accept it.
Improve on the worst.
.SH
When sad or anxious
.LP
.SECTION_NO_NUMBER When sad or anxious
.PARAGRAPH_UNINDENTED
Keep yourself busy, you won't have time to worry\*[*].
.FS
Since worrying is thinking, and since we cannot think about several things at a time, this
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.br
Be someone new everyday, a blank page, ready to
.UL "live the day" .
.SH
General tips
.LP
.SECTION_NO_NUMBER General tips
.PARAGRAPH_UNINDENTED
.BULLET Fill your mind with peace, courage, health.
.BULLET Do not try to be even with your enemies, don't waste a minute on people you don't like.
.BULLET Expect ingratitude, be grateful to others.
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Furthermore, being in a conversation is a good diversion not to think about something else.
.FE
.ENDBULLET
.SH
Relaxation
.LP
.SECTION_NO_NUMBER Relaxation
.PARAGRAPH_UNINDENTED
Take a nap.
This is rather simple, but terribly effective to avoid fatigue.
.SH
Time management
.LP
.SECTION_NO_NUMBER Time management
.PARAGRAPH_UNINDENTED
Don't report to later, just do whatever comes first.
Switching from a subject to another is time-consuming, avoid it as much as possible.
.NH
Summary and personal conclusion
.PP
.SECTION Summary and personal conclusion
.PARAGRAPH_INDENTED
The book provides a lot of stories from random and notable people handling good or bad life experiences, and a few citations.
.SH
The main problems with the book
.LP
.SECTION_NO_NUMBER The main problems with the book
.PARAGRAPH_UNINDENTED
Most of the book is just anecdotes, nothing really is substantial.
The book contains mostly (vastly) unrelated stories which shoud be viewed for any careful reader as a big red flag: that's cherry-picking and leads to confirmation bias.
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And I'm kind of generous not assuming he was ill-intentioned here.
I'll just suppose the author was very ill-informed on many points.
.FE
.SH
The good parts
.LP
.SECTION_NO_NUMBER The good parts
.PARAGRAPH_UNINDENTED
Though, you may find some interesting stories from people being joyful during war, or while being crippled or after losing everything of value (social, financial, or material possessions).
Some of them were crippled by anxiety to a life-threatening point, spending their days lying in bed with their organs shutting down for example, and fully recovered simply because they adopted a new point of view on life.
Sometimes, just a few words were enough to change their life completely overnight, according to the book.
Finally, the book contains a few useful (but very obvious) tips which go without saying but are better said.
These tips are about: how to get over sad fearful or anxious situations, how to be prepared for further bad moments, how to relax and a bit about time management.
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.SH
Conclusion
.LP
.SECTION_NO_NUMBER Conclusion
.PARAGRAPH_UNINDENTED
The very core of the whole book is mostly related to stoicism, even though the author seems to ignore this philosophy completely.
The introduction actually provides a good insight on his point of view on the matter: he is almost interested in a single keyword, a very specific facet of life which is
.I "how to avoid worrying" .

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