Released in 1999, “Fight Club” is an American-drama film that features Edward Norton and Brad Pitt. The movie is based on a 1996 novel by Chuck Palahniuk of the same name, which serves as a metaphor of the conflict between the value system of advertising and the Gen-X and Gen-Y. The film is about us, the common people: the middle-class, white-collared dreamers, who are forced into believing that they are “special” and deserve to be “famous”. It gives you a realistic perspective of who YOU are with messages that are truer in today’s time than ever before. Here are a few lessons the cult classic taught us, which can help you live a better life.
Stop “Waiting Your Lives Away”
When Tyler Durden creates Fight Club in a filthy underground basement of a bar, he welcomes new members by giving a very impressive and mind-blowing speech: one that tells us how we are wasting our potential in hopes of waiting for something “good” to happen magically. He says, “This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time”. This makes you wonder: how can YOU – the strongest and smartest species on earth be wasting your time “waiting”. Where did taking risks go? Why do we buy stuff we don’t need? For how long will you be waiting tables, working shitty jobs, and pumping gas? It’s time you take action!
Don’t Do Something for the “Likes” of It
“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*cking khakis.” This line tells us to stop believing that you NEED things, which don’t serve any purpose in your life. It tells us that your car, clothes, and home shouldn’t be how you compare yourself to others. Our generation has become addicted to getting upvotes from our peers (thanks to social media), resulting in us spending money on what everyone else enjoys rather than ourselves. When’s the last time you did something that YOU wanted to do?
You are Not Special!
“You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else.” While this may sound to be harsh, it is quite close to reality. Our parents told us that we’re special when we were kids. We aren’t. “If everybody is special, nobody is”. We are all the same. In 1991, everyone was buying tech stocks, two years later they lost all their money. In 2007, everyone was flipping homes, two years later everyone went bankrupt. You aren’t special, not unless you are doing what the herd does. Wolves hunt alone. Become a wolf and take charge of your own life. Do different things.
There’s No Harm in Asking for Help
Our generation is so high in ego and self-obsession that they’ve forgotten how to communicate with other people and develop strong relationships. Most interactions consist of “venting out”, but nobody will put aside their ego to ask for help. When Edward Norton’s apartment burns down and he meets Tyler at the bar, he wanted to crash at his place, but just couldn’t say it. There’s nothing bad in asking for help. Just make sure to return and not overstep your boundaries by asking for it repeatedly.
There are plenty more lessons Fight Club teaches you that can below your mind. However, these lessons above can be the first stepping-stone towards a better and more meaningful life.