Tyler Durdeen, Analyst

July 8, 2008 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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There’s this neat article, that is floating around the internet, that speaks about the financial wisdom of Fight Club (movie, book). As an aside, if you haven’t seen or read this, you definitely must. There’s this conversation towards the beginning of the movie, that the article focuses on. And the most pertinent line that the author talks about and something that has stuck with me too, especially after reading the book is “The things that you own, end up owning you.”

I am reproducing the screenplay here

JACK: There’s always that. I don’t know, it’s just…when you buy furniture, you tell yourself: that’s it, that’s the last sofa I’m gonna need. No matter what else happens, I’ve got that sofa problem handled. I had it all. I had a stereo that was very decent, a wardrobe that was getting very respectable. I was so close to being complete. TYLER: S**t, man, now it’s all gone.

JACK: All gone.

TYLER: Do you know what a duvet it?

JACK: Comforter.

TYLER: It’s a blanket, just a blanket. Now why guys like you and I know what a duvet is? Is this essential to our survival? In the hunter-gathered sense of the word? No. What are we then?

JACK: You know, consumers.

TYLER: Right. We’re consumers. We’re by-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty — these things don’t concern me. What concerns me is celebrity magazines, television with five hundred channels, some guy’s name on my underwear. Rogaine, Viagra, Olestra.

JACK:Martha Stewart.

TYLER: F**k Martha Stewart. Martha’s polishes on the brass of the Titanic. It’s all going down, man! So f**k off, with your sofa units and your green stripe patterns. I say never be complete. I say stop being perfect. I say let’s evolve and let the chips fall where they may. But that’s me, I could be wrong, maybe it’s a terrible tragedy.

JACK: No, it’s just stuff.

TYLER: Well, you did lose a lot of versatile solutions for a modern life.

JACK: F**k, you’re right.

Tyler offers Jack a cigarette.

JACK: No, I don’t smoke. My insurance will probably cover it, so…

Tyler stares at him

JACK: What?

TYLER: The things you own, end up owning you.

Read on here.


“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” – Voltaire


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