Last night, J and I were eating dinner and Fight Club was playing on TV. I love me some delicious Brad Pitt and J loves typical male action movies so it was the perfect movie for both of us. Fight Club came out in 1999 so I haven’t seen it in almost 15 years but WOW, what a thought-provoking movie about anti-consumerism, minimalism, and keeping up with the Jones! Here are some of my favorite quotes from the movie:
“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 fucking khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.”
“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.”
“We’re consumers. We are bi-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don’t concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy’s name on my underwear.”
“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.”
If you ignore the explicit language in the quotes, they are actually quite intelligent. I first saw this movie when I was only 16 years old so the movie’s powerful message didn’t quite have the same impact on me as it did last night but I know it’s something I’m going to be pondering about for a while. Hence this post today…
Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt’s character) plans to erase debt by blowing up buildings that contain credit card companies’ records. Now GMD doesn’t suggest you try this at home but it did get me to thinking…what if we woke up tomorrow and everyone in this world was debt-free? Would the majority of us stay this way or would we quickly slip back into that despairing game of keeping up with the Jones?
I know that if I ever got a “free opportunity” to have my debt erased, I would never slide back into the red but that’s because I’m still working so hard to get rid of it. Would I still have that same ambition if all of a sudden I had an easy pass? I like to think that I would because I have learned my “lesson” on how debt affects my life so negatively. I love my life but debt has prevented me from living it to my fullest desires…
Who else has seen Fight Club? Aside from Brad Pitt’s amazing abs, what did you think of the movie and its powerful message?