Bit of a warning, there’s a lot against the use of medication for depression in this book. Hari presents it with a lot of links to studies and science and the like, but it reads a lot like an anti-big-pharma rant which concerns me. And I know that some readers would find that very difficult. I don’t have an opinion on that, but I liked a lot of the other stuff in the book.
Essentially, Hari talks about the fact that the way our world works at the moment, we don’t have connections with others, with nature, and with a whole lot of other things that would be good for us. And I get it, and I agree with a lot of it. I’m not convinced that it would necessarily defeat depression, but I seem to be reading a lot of things that are telling me to get into nature and form some better connections with things, and I agree. Of course, telling me to go bush when I’m currently in a 5km restriction (in a highly successful way of reducing COVID-19 cases in a short time – I ain’t complaining about that, though I am dreaming of open, non-suburban spaces) is a bit challenging.
This is the kind of book that changes some people’s lives. For me, I liked it. It was interesting. I’m not taking it as gospel, but then I also don’t take gospel as gospel. It’s just interesting.