What A Beautiful Day by The Levellers

“What a beautiful day (hey hey)
I’m the king of all time
And nothing is impossible
In my all powerful mind”

“Then we planned the revolution
To make things better for all time”

I’ve loved this song since I first heard it and sang along without properly thinking of the lyrics. Well, if you properly listen to them, then it’s pretty darn powerful.

Even if we ignore the call for a fairer society, and just consider the possibility that we have the power to change our thoughts and feelings instead of becoming them …

(Please see my post on Anger that I made earlier for how I believe it is possible to switch from being Angry to something more wonderful: Acknowledge, Accept and then Align differently.)

Fight Club

“This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time.” ~ Tyler Durden

“On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.” ~ Narrator

“The things you own end up owning you.” ~ Tyler Durden

“You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your f***ing khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.” ~ Tyler Durden

I know this is breaking the first and second rules, but I feel I must give this movie a mention.

When I first saw Fight Club at the cinema in 1999, I didn’t properly get the message. I just thought it was clever and cool and entertaining, which it totally is.

Years later, I realised how it’s a very well-done attempt at violently waking people up. As shown in the movie, the nameless narrator lives in an emotionally-blunted slumber, as a slave to the wage who is preoccupied by stuff instead of things that actually matter (like human connection). I would guess at least one person reading this right now can relate to that in some way.

p.s. The irony is not lost on me that I have a link to buying something when I’m advocating fewer possessions.