May 30, 2006
One article in particular caught my eye today on Slashdot. It seems that some tech workers in Silicon Valley have started their own boxing clubs, inspired by the 1999 film Fight Club. The fact that this article surfaced only hours after I finished watching Fight Club and researching nihilism is uncanny. Their version of Fight Club is unlikely to start a nationwide revolution causing a prolietariat uprising and the erasure of our debt record (although it would be nice); however, it goes to show that self destruction is in.
Nihilism is a topic that has intrigued me for some time. I have always understood the sense behind disbelief in truth and morality, but could never (and still cannot) accept it. Perhaps it is our inherent need for something intangible to hold on to, whether it be our job, our country, our church, or our marriage. These things are never permanent; they are always fleeting or fading. Yet, there is no denying that a life free of attachments sounds attractive. After all: What you own ends up owning you.