What Many People Missed in Fight Club

Fight Club was an unexpected spectacle from 1999. The direction by David Fincher is top notch and Edward Norton and Brad Pitt form an extremely memorable screen duo. Norton as the typical working stiff addicted to buying stuff he doesn’t need and Pitt as his uber cool and revolutionary counterpart.

SPOILERS: If you haven’t seen Fight Club, and you definitely should see it, stop reading NOW and enjoy the fucking MOVIE.

Towards the end of Fight Club, we discover that Norton’s character and Pitt (Tyler Durden) are actually the same person. Norton – called the narrator – ‘invented’ Durden in his mind to help him change and become the man he really desired to be. In the movie, at times he is seeing Tyler as a separate person and actually fights him (and thus himself) which leads to the start of the revolutionary Fight Club movement. At other times he is still his self-doubting self and again at other times he is fully Tyler Durden (which as an audience we don’t see) and he is spreading his movement through America.

The reason that he is sometimes still himself is that the journey to fully become his hero Tyler is quite a mental challenge. He finds it hard to be Tyler because it goes against his nature. Yet, because he is also repulsed by his own ‘slave’ behavior, he needs to become Tyler to set himself free from his consumerist lifestyle.

Now here comes a description the narrator gives of Tyler shortly after he meets him: “Tyler was a night person. When the rest of us were sleeping, he worked. He had one part time job as a projectionist. A movie doesn’t come all on one big reel. It comes on a few. Someone has to switch the projectors at the exact moment that one reel ends and the next one begins. You look for it and you can see those little dots come into the upper right corner of the screen. (Tyler: “In the industry, we call them cigarette burns”.) That’s the cue for a changeover. He flips the projector, movie keeps right one going and nobody in the audience has any idea. (Tyler: “Now why would anyone want this shit job?”) Because it affords him interesting opportunities. (Tyler: “Like splicing a single frame of pornography into family films.”) So when the snooty cat and the courageous dog with the celebrity voices meet for the first time in reel three, that’s when you’ll catch a flash of Tyler’s contribution to the film. Nobody knows that they saw it but they did. (Tyler: “Nice big cock.”) Even a hummingbird couldn’t catch Tyler at work.”

Now what many people missed is that these types of flashes occurred earlier in the movie. When the narrator is suffering from insomnia, Tyler appears in four flashes. Blink and you’ll miss them.

This is the process of Tyler manifesting himself in the narrator’s mind. Then the narrator meets (hallucinates) the complete Tyler for the first time on the airplane and the plot is set in motion. Tyler Durden starts setting Fight Clubs in major American cities and later renames it Project Mayhem. His ultimate goal is to blow up all financial buildings, so that all credit card data is destroyed and society can start again at zero.

At the end, the narrator discovers Tyler’s plans and wants to stop him. He shoots himself through the mouth and Tyler drops dead. The narrator is severely wounded, but he survived. Then his love interest Marla is delivered by his (Tyler’s) soldiers. They have a final conversation while the city block around them is reduced to cylinders. “You met me at a very strange time in my life”, is the final line.

But then! As the two lovers watch the inferno, we get an original Tyler Durden dick flash!

So that means the narrator did not really kill him. The mischievous Tyler is still in there and will definitely come back to once again become the narrator. So in the end it is Tyler that wins.

5 reasons Facebook is dumb and depraved

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The reason for writing this blog is not to purposely bash Facebook (okay, a little bit). I don’t resent the success of the social media platform. I even loved that David Fincher movie from 2010 (The Social Network), although I don’t think Zuckerberg and his palls liked it so much. And talking about Zuckerberg, I have nothing against him. I admire him even. However, I just feel and believe that Facebook is not so good for people. Here’s why:

1. People chat about horseshit
If you read the average Facebook page, how many substantial posts can you find? I think your IQ drops 5 points with every visit. If this is a representation of mankind, than I arrogantly feel a bit like Albert Einstein in WWII who wrote; ‘I often wonder: what idiotic race am I part of?’

2. It makes people socially lazy
Okay, so Facebook reminds you of birthdays of friends of family members, great. But rather than calling them up, sending them a card or buying them a present, people congratulate their friends and family members ON bloody Facebook. That is the laziest social gesture ever. Yes, I heard the argument; ‘but if it makes your life easier, why not make use of it?’ The answer is easy: Because before there was Facebook you didn’t congratulate them either. You completely forgot their birthdays! So are they supposed to be happy to receive a message from you? Off course not. If the effort is zero, it doesn’t mean jack shit.

3. It shows that a lot of people are just selfish jerks
A while ago, I was checking out profiles of old colleagues (that’s one thing Facebook is good for, spying), and I found one who recently lost her daughter in the final stages of her pregnancy. She posted a picture of herself on which she looked very sad. She also posted a card with the baby’s name on it and the date of birth and death (it was the same day).

How many people responded to this message? Perhaps 8. And I am not even talking about the most supportive comments either. One person said; ‘if you ever need help, you know where to find me.’ Jerk. How often do you see the most lame ass shit on the web get a hundred likes or more? All the fucking time. But when people post something that really comes from the heart, that shows what life is all about, most people couldn’t give a shit.

4. It makes idiotic suggestions on who to connect with
Just because I checked out some profile doesn’t mean I want to befriend somebody! Please stop with these ridiculous suggestions, FB. You are terrible at it, so you might as well stop before you annoy me away. Also, it makes your mailbox explode. FB, if you have to make awful suggestions on who to befriend, at least only do it once. I don’t want multiple suggestions on one day, and especially not the same lame ass suggestions more than once. And while I am at it, don’t mail me about the idiotic updates my friends posted.

5. The past is the past
Facebook makes you connect with people from your past. Or at least confronts you with their ugly faces on a daily basis. There are reasons you don’t see them anymore, and in 99% of the cases it is absolutely fine if it stays that way. It is bad for your mental health to keep stirring up people and events from the past for who you have no place in your current life and mind.

So why keep Facebook? Yes indeed. Why? It takes a chunk of your valuable time, makes you anxious, and hardly offers anything in return. Not even talking yet about the privacy violations. There must surely be better ways to stay in touch with your friends.

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