In today’s “the tao of skwealthacademy podcast, episode_17 | Fight Club, Reinterpreted for 2018”, I discuss why the most iconic phrases from the seminal 1999 film, Fight Club, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, are still not only relevant nearly two decades later, but even more relevant in 2018 due to how the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 and the subsequent introduction of facebook, twitter, snapchat and instagram in following years have changed the way we interact with one another.
I will discuss the iconic quotes below, and the reasons why these quotes possess a heightened sense of relevance in today’s world which has been driven to record levels of anxiety, depression, suicide and mental disorders by virtual worlds of disconnectedness. More importantly, I will discuss in today’s skwealthacademy podcast, solutions to combat smartphone addictions and how we can return to forming a sense of community with those that live in our neighborhoods.
Quotes from Fight Club’s Tyler Durden
“The things you own end up owning you.”
“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”
“If you don’t know what you want, you end up with a lot you don’t.”
“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, no great war, no great depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives.”
“We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.”
I truly believe that society’s increased devotion to social media and smartphone interactions as an increasing percentage of daily life has unfortunately but deliberately elevated the level of superficiality in our lives and stripped away a sense of purpose and community from the lives of both young and old. Designers of social media have implemented in their distribution platforms psychological addiction to their apps as one of their primary goals. To combat these insidious directives, I discuss rules we can implement in our lives to ensure that we rule our smartphones and that our smartphones do not rule us.
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