so, how we living? ::.
todd posted this quote recently from one of my favorite movies, fight club.
“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.” – Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) Fight Club
i apologize for the expletive because i know some of you are sensitive to that sort of thing. i respect that. this movie has been in discussion on several blogs and it has been on my mind a whole lot. especially when it’s around the christmas season with all the consumerism feeding the frenzy. i don’t really enjoy the holidays as much as my wife does mainly because of this insanity contagion in people’s blood. it’s like the dawn of the dead. this quote captures in a sense the war waged over a truly transformational life. who’s blood should flow through our veins now?
last week i accompanied a friend to a new mercedes benz service center near us. the complex was huge, comparable to a mall. it was a quite an experience as i was invited inside the lifestyle that benz sells. you don’t just drop your car off for an oil change. you leave your car with a valet. go inside and help yourself to a variety of food and drink. while you’re waiting you can practice your golf swing, surf the net, get your shoes shined, shoot a game of billiards. there’s also a hostess to make your stay enjoyable and clean up after your mess. i looked out into the lot and tried to calculate the total cost of all the vehicles parked there. i could swear that we can afford a small nation with all that. man, it’s so easy to buy into all that, like that’s what we deserve.
Narrator: The first step to eternal life is you have to die. I just don’t want to die without a few scars. — Fight Club (Palahniuk)