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.