Clubbing Together

What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension, how like a god!

Fight Club has been sitting in my ‘to sell on eBay’ pile for yonks. However, I thought I’d give it another watch before it went the way of all flesh. According the the IMDB Top 250, only 31 films in cinematic history have ever surpassed it. Some would even put it in their top ten. Personally, I find it rather heavy-handed (not to mention heavy-going) but can’t help wondering whether there are things we might learn from it, or at least whether it asks some important questions.

I wonder whether any of my gentlemanly readers can relate to what’s being implied in this film? Namely, that there are certain aspects of our nature which are relevant to the hunter-gatherer role but that are largely redundant in modern, Western society.

As a child, did you ever imagine your adult life? Did you ever imagine you would be sitting in a pallid, strip-lit office, pushing bits of paper around, staring at a computer screen with red-rimmed eyes? Or was your imagined life characterised by courage, risk and righteous aggression?

In previous generations, (what I believe to be) essential masculine drives had an outlet in the face of shared adversity. Fight Club highlights the lack of such common purpose amongst men today.

We are the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war. Our Great Depression is our lives.

It seems no one knows how to be a man any more. Boldness, fierceness and strength don’t always go down too well these days, so we no longer encourage them in our sons. Instead, we encourage them to be polite, articulate, nice. Does anyone remember the ‘New Man’ or ‘Metrosexual’ of the 1990’s? He looked like a man (maybe slightly better groomed) but had all sorts of feminine traits and was considered a ‘really nice guy’. What a twat.

Some say the tide’s turning again, and the Retrosexual is on the way back. I don’t really know.

However, I do know that Jesus said “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Sitting here, under the strip light, it feels like there is some important aspect of my nature that isn’t ever being taken out of the box.

I am Jack’s total and utter confusion.

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3 Comments on “Clubbing Together”

  1. Jamie Says:

    I would have to say that Fight Club would very possibly make my top ten as well. If not, then it would be darn close.

    You should perhaps take up a contact sport like boxing? Alternatively you could simply see about some new office lighting and see if that makes a difference.


  2. Doug Says:

    I’ve just embarked on the book. One of those that ‘goes down easy’, despite being unearthed in the Literary Fiction section of the library. It’s pretty good so far.

    As for the contact sport, that’s a possibility. But sticking feathers up your butt doesn’t make you a chicken, as someone once said.

    Office lighting – I don’t see it changing any time soon. One would need to fill in forms…

  3. ggwfung Says:

    it seems like all options are opened up. For men and women roles are no longer defined. It’s a scary world of choice out there.


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