“I see all this potential, and I see it squandered. 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 is 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, be we won’t. We’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”
Tyler Durden, Fight Club
I absolutely love the quote, because like most truths: the words remain relevant no matter the year, decade, or century. The words still withstand the test of time. Which is why I enjoy the writings of Chuck Palahnuik. Chuck Palahnuik has a way of demystifying the enchanted veil, in which the vast majority of society choose to view the world, through their own vague actualization, generalizing, rather understanding the individuals source of pain, reducing the taboo into stereotypical cliches.
People tend to live in their own fantasies, and thus, guilty of romanticizing human behavior, to the point of. being reduced to chopped up Sunday School melodrama; Leaving the dysfunctional pieces that offers life’s greatest gems, out of the equation.
Want to read the book for yourself?
Also, here’s another good read by Chuck Palahniuk