“Time is the greatest gift you can give.”
In the final months of the job I was doing when I discovered the TMTWGR philosophy, I uttered those words in a team meeting and hoped my co-workers would take note. I can’t remember the exact conversation, but it could have been anything because the words work in so many situations.
Anyway, they absolutely did take note. But not really in the way I expected. On my last day of working there, I received a copy of TIME magazine as one of my leaving presents, with those words on a Post-It note stuck on the front.
If you’re reading this now, guys, I want to thank you for that humour, and I really hope you did take note on a deeper level too. ❤️
“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.
Sorry to be blunt, but if you’ve never seen his movie then you are cheating yourself, your friends and your family out of the better version of yourself that you will become after watching it.
It’s that powerful.
And it’s a really entertaining and gripping story, filled with good humour too.
It’s on pretty much every Christmas and I try to watch it then as an annual reminder of why we’re on this earth.