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Fight Club and The Way of Life


Cover of "Fight Club: A Novel"

Cover of Fight Club: A Novel


This week I read two very different books: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk and The Way of Life by Lao Tzu. A bit of a a weird combination, but somehow it actually worked. Maybe because Fight Club was so apocalyptic/nihilistic whereas The Way of Life was so peaceful and serene, they ended up balancing each other out really well. Because I’m tired (but also because I love how both the books are written) I’m going to let the similarities and differences speak for themselves:


On Death:


“On a large enough time line, the survival rate for everyone will drop to zero.”


Fight Club


“Death is no threat to people who are not afraid to die; but even if these offenders feared death all day, who should be rash enough to act as executioner? Nature is executioner. When man usurps the place, a carpenter’s apprentice takes the place of the master: and an apprentice hacking with the master’s axe may slice his own hand.”


The Way of Life


On Relating To Others:


“You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.  You are the same decaying organic matter as everyone else, and we are all part of the same compost pile.”


Fight Club


“A sound man’s heart is no shut within itself but is open to other people’s hearts: I find good people good, and I find bad people good if I am good enough; I trust men of their word, and I trust liars if I am true enough; I feel the heartbeats of others above my own if I am enough of a father, enough of a son.”


The Way of Life


I cannot even begin to tell you how much I like that last quote from The Way of Life. I feel the heartbeats of others above my own if I am enough of a father, enough of a son…Perfection.



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