The Rat Race is The Enemy of Spirituality

by | Jan 11, 2013 | Essays | 2 comments

I just got back from my subuh prayer when i scrolled down my timeline and saw @iyad_elbaghdadi‘s tweet on spirituality. The funny thing is he’s a kind of contemplating this after watched Life of Pi. It’s a kind of funny yet fascinating how this one particular film could move people to think and discuss about spirituality, as i did it too when few of my friends several weeks ago.

Without further ado, please read these tweets. These are just too good to be missed.

I always see the rat race as the impact of consumerism. That damn consumerism. The exact consumerism which is advertised everywhere.

Man, I see in 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 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. We’ve all been raised on 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.
Tyler Durden, Fight Club

Anyway, hat tip for @iyad_elbaghdadi with those tweets. Those were just awesome.


  1. Eki

    That’s what I meant when I said in my tweet sometime ago that games are dangerous. (Computer) games are a perfect simulation of this rat race.

    • Fikri Rasyid

      I guess we have a different perspective toward (computer / video) game. i personally don’t view game that way. I tend not to generalize things. Just because, let’s say, 35% games show violences or the other bad things, doesn’t mean i’d like to say that (all) games are bad. Most music we heard these days are melancholic-depressing-trash kind of song. However it doesn’t make (all) music is trash, i believe.

      IMO, game is an art, just the way music, poem, writing, movie, photography, etc are arts. There are epic awesome legendary arts, and there are aso always lousy arts.

      while we’re talking about game, however I see the way career, consumerism, materialism, lifestyle and advertising manifested these days as the perfect reality of this rat race.