(First posted on Letterdash
Anyone who grew up in the 80′s and spoke English will probably remember Tyler Durden – that sleepless poet of solitude who sounded a warning bell for an entire generation.
The problem was that Tyler was so impossibly cool – no-one remembers the message: that single-serving lives, where every waking moment is devoted to making a buck, are not condusive to good mental health – that you could find yourself making fake friends in weird support groups, just so they can hug you after 5 cups of bad coffee, and you get to experience some kind of human touch.
The extreme result of this progression in the story, was fight club: human touch + pain (evidence that you’re actually alive) + assertiveness = affirmation
What Tyler didn’t have was blogs.
He had to stage his slow, sure unravelling for real – in actual locations.
If he’d had a blog, he’d have had an entire world to showcase it in …
Fight Club This film impacted me deeply – the story of the Narrator’s melt down was such a complex and prophetic shout-out as to what the 80′s were setting us up to be.
And it turned out to be true: a Western world full of techno-dependent drones who are afraid of everything, taking our fears out on ourselves – too afraid to live, love, commit or die – we only have the courage to consume and be entertained.
And that’s not really courage, it’s just turning up…
Some Fight Club quotes: Narrator: “This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time”
Tyler Durden: “Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”