How to Suffer ... In 10 Easy Steps: Discover, Embrace and Own the Mechanics of Misery

How to Suffer ... In 10 Easy Steps: Discover, Embrace and Own the Mechanics of Misery

by William Arntz


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What!? A “Self-Help” book on How to Suffer!? You must be kidding. Well YES and NO. YES in that it’s a satirical roast of self-help books that promise everything and tell you it’ll be easy (and it never is). NO in that it turns out that looking at and dealing with suffering is the Gorilla in the room that everyone avoids, to our own undoing. And YES there is some kidding around, as a humorous approach is the best way to sneak up on the mothership of bad times: Suffering. And NO you won’t have to suffer to read it!

Following the 10 Easy Steps (just do the opposite and don’t suffer) there is the Suffering Hall of Fame, and then the 6 Slippery Steps to End, or at least change, your suffering state. Chapters include: Buddha Kicks the Habit (of Suffering), The Power of Not-Now, Beyond the Roast – Let’s Get Real and The Pseudo Science of Suffering –in which you learn how to construct and use your very own Sufferometer.

It’s a lot for one little book, but then again it is a subject which consumes, directs and shapes so much of what we all do, and/or try not to do, in every day life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786782748
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Sales rank: 744,304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

William Arntz began his professional career as a research laser physicist, developing wave optics simulators for the high energy lasing systems that became the "Star Wars" strategic defense system. He then left the scientific world and spent 20 years studying with two spiritual teachers. During that time he wrote the system management software product, AutoSys, and sold the company for millions. Following his lifelong passion for filmmaking, he used the proceeds from that to produce, direct and write the film What the BLEEP Do We Know!? incorporating his scientific background, spiritual training and a desire to make people laugh and think.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

01 How It All Began 5

02 The Setup for Suffering 11

03 The Pseudoscience of Suffering 21

04 Blame God 39

05 Buddha Kicks the Habit 47

Interlude: Let's Have Some Fun with Suffering 53

06 Science, Technology and Our Age of Suffering 57

07 Blame Them 73

08 Creating Reality 77

09 It's the Law, Citizen 89

10 The Power of Not Now 97

The 10 Easy Steps to Suffering 103

11 The Suffering Hall of Fame 107

12 Beyond the Roast-Let's Get Real 117

13 The 6 Slippery Steps to End Suffering 125

14 Attachment 129

15 Medicine and External Substances 135

16 Slip Sliding in Time 145

17 Judgement 151

18 Forgiveness 159

19 Surrender 165

20 Wisdom 169

21 How Do You Suffer? 183

Nature's Interlude: Fire, Water and Mud 189

22 The Age of Surprise 195

23 The End of Everything 205

Image Credits 211

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