Friedrich Nietzsche Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the originators of modern existentialist and postmodernist thinkers.
He is considered the founder of Nihilism, which explains that there is no perfect meaning to human existence. Nietzsche’s attempt to reveal the objections of Western religion and philosophy sent a clear and vague message to all modern thinkers’ philosophers, psychologists, and theologians. His written analysis about modern culture, human existence, and science challenged, morality, and religion, and questioned every single value and objectivity of truth and how life should be clarified.
Nietzsche set apart his age as atheistic but religious. He explains the religious spirit and its willingness to sacrifice, and declare someone’s power by submitting themselves to torture. Nietzsche admires the free spirits who struggle to free themselves from the preconception of others and being able to question their own ideas and/or assumptions. Nietzsche also explains that he judge the power of will by how much resistance, pain, and torture it endures and knows how to turn it to his benefit.
Nietzsche is convinced that conditions that appear to be black and white actually aren’t. He believed life wasn’t that simple and that there were many more perspectives and factors involved in every single situation. Lastly, Nietzsche admires the Greek idea about Dionysius who elevated life in its most unreasonable features, and that the authentic duty of the superman was to exist beyond and not be effected by anything good and evil. Fight Club & Nietzsche The film focuses on human existence and the meaning of such. The narrator, defines himself through his belongings, and also interpret his being through his possessions. A saying in the movie that supports the way he define himself through his belongings “I’d flip through catalogs and wonder: What kind of dining set defines me as a person?” The scheme of the whole movie becomes transparent when the Jack meets the character which will lead him to question this being as a person.
In “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” Nietzsche debate that according to whom the Separation of Spirit is dividing into three parts between the child, the lion and the camel. In the beginning of the movie (Fight Club), Jack was living by himself but he is in need of others. He then release himself of his dual (Tyler), destroys his life, and his personality changed, and there is the summary of his whole life.
This is very good example of when Sartre speaks about serious spirit, this is why, Jack re-invented himself through destruction and freedom. Jack came home and found that his apartment was on fire, which he destroyed himself and finally have the will and ambition to recreate his life. Throughout the movie, Tyler is continuously questioning the point of unpleasant fact, working jobs that benefits commercial company. He also teaches against consumerism, and Tyler interprets this basically as “working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t require”.
Jack finally came about a set of men who oppose consumerism with Project Mayhem, a self-evident title. Tyler believes, “It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything. The movie “Fight Club” to an extent is a very great example of existentialism.