Used to write similar articles/stories for my Philosophy courses. You can say it's an experience, maybe a form of fiction, or good 'ol Schizophrenia. I just found it an interesting read. A good start for a screenplay. Sort of like "Source Code" if you haven't seen it.
I went and saw Fight Club at a special Tuesday screening in town last night. I remember seeing it as a special advance screening in Burbank before the film came out, exactly 20 years ago. I was blown away and hadn't read the book. It hit me square in the mind's eye because I felt it was speaking to me and others like me. Chasing that career, making money you thought would never end, and slowing seeing it all disappear and many hitting the proverbial "rock bottom". Some, like myself were reborn into a new way of thinking, others stayed the course and became the biggest narcissists ever, or the flip side, fall into a depression they never escaped from. Split personalities sound like they only happen in the movies, but in my line of work, it happens often, and sadly, isn't resolved. And, I see this on a greater scale with our young people today. A war is on the horizon, a war for our souls.
Tyler said it best:
“I see in the fight club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential and I see squandering. 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 the 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 been all raised by television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars, but we won't and we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very very pissed off.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
"Contemporary nostalgia is not so much about the past as about vanishing the present."
- scholar Svetlana Boym
The word nostalgia parses to nostos, Greek for "homecoming," and algos, Greek for "pain." Nostalgia literally means the pain of imagined homecomings, and homecomings are meant to include most potently the fond memories of familiar and pleasing scenarios.
"Although nostalgia once was thought to be primarily a negative emotion, more modern interpretations in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and even neuroimaging suggest that the pangs of nostalgia play an important and potentially positive role in our emotional homeostasis."
Speer, et al. (2014)
It is graduation time for many students, young people and friends. I don't have kids of my own but live vicariously through the families and friends I know as I attend these milestone events. It makes me proud and eager to see what will become of these new "time travelers." Their dreams becoming reality (or not), their loss and gain of family and friends on their new timelines, their gradual fulfillment of wisdom as time moves forward. I wish them well on this journey that they embark on.
Congratulations to all of you and I hope one day that you feel the need and joy to share your experiences to others.
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