Just so you know, Iâ€™ve been working on a post about The Moviesd1 for a while now and this is not it. That post is part of the reason why I wrote this post last week. I was trying to force myself into finishing it, so that the linked post made more sense in context. Sadly, I did not do this thing. Not because itâ€™s bad. But because itâ€™s not as perfect as it can be. And, Iâ€™m hoping you followed that, because that was pretty much squiggling at a high level right there.
But, for some reason today got me thinking about The Moviesd2, especially w/r/t the current kumquatsd3 we are in.
Iâ€™m guessing this is mostly due to the fact that one customerâ€™s total today was $8.88 and she gave me a $10 to cover it. And Iâ€™ve been talking about how The Movie is pretty much â€œThe Invisible Manâ€ and â€œAmerican Psychoâ€ for the 90s male. And the fact that I have â€œHis name is Henry Paulsonâ€ ringing in my head right now.
But what had happened was that at some point during the day, a quote from Tyler Durden started running through my head, and just plain wouldnâ€™t stop.
Man, I see in Fight Club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see it squandered. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables â€“ 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.
Keep in mind that a) The Movie came out in 1999 and b) that PRJ Mayhem is about destroying the USAâ€™s credit history, so the economy can go â€œsplatâ€ and everyoneâ€™s equal again.
But this part of The Movie makes me think, now, of another reason why it isnâ€™t as important to me anymore. Mainly because I realize that it no longer applies to my generation.
When the book was published, in 1996, I was (about) 13. The Movie came out three years later and I became addicted to The Movie about two years after it came outsd4. And at the time, it all made sense. Or, rather, it made everything that had happened before make more sense. Like how I felt about the establishment and so on and so forth. But I always seemed to forget about this linesd5, mostly because it precedes a pretty violent scene, which is then followed by pretty much the creation of PRJ Mayhem. But this line is probably the most important of the movie, because itâ€™s where everything turns. Itâ€™s almost like after he says this, Tyler realizes where Fight Club needs to be and where it has to go from there. Because itâ€™s true. For those who came of age in the early 90ssd6, they didnâ€™t really have a lot that tested was the generation was, well, made of for lack of a better term. 80s babies had the Cold War, 70s Vietnam, and the Sixties were the Sixtiessd7. The 90s really had nothing. Nothing to hang their hat on. Nothing to tell their kids â€œwell when I was your age…â€ and so on and so forth.
My generation doesnâ€™t have that problem. Like at all. We do have a great war that is, in many respects, a spiritual war. And it looks like we may honestly be on the precipice of a Great Depression. And, like the generations before us, weâ€™ll get through it. Weâ€™ll be dragged kicking and screaming, but in the end weâ€™ll be thankful.
sd1: The Movie, of course being Fight Club. Just like The Game is Ohio State/Michigan and The Book is Infinite Jest.
sd2: As the post is/was going point out, I havenâ€™t watched it in over two months, so that makes this even more remarkable. Though not really, because I pretty much have it memorized at this juncture.
sd3: Reference here. ION, this is the most spammed post here on cofabg. Also gets quite a lot of hits for â€œIâ€™ma grip and sipâ€ too. I study the cofabg stats a lot. Ask Dutch!
sd4: Making me about 18, for the non-mathematically inclined. Also, there really isnâ€™t a better word than addiction for what The Movie is/was to me. A lot of people liked or loved it. I was addicted. Hardcore.
sd5: This isnâ€™t technically true. Iâ€™ve written ADUâ€™s based around this scene, but it was more for a pretty decent punch line than the importance of this line.
sd6: Which is what the book is about, really. That, and the love triangle between Tyler, Marla and the Narrator.
sd7: I mean, I could keep going. But I think you see the point.