Long ago, a wise friend I used to know once told me that humans have many kinds of needs - physiological, emotional, etc. Along with these, there is also the need to fight.
I've been thinking over and over on how true this is. Or whether it is just baloney.
The need to fight. And I'm not talking physically. There is something that you're always fighting against - whether your focus is challenges at work, or road rage, or even fighting with your loved ones.
A basic human need is to fight. That's why we have wars and battles all the time. Especially in the mind. I know many people who coded best when they were angry. Maybe our genes and body are built for action, for the rush of the battle.
Maybe that's why the milestones in a startup feels more "earned" than when working in a big company where the same situations are so shielded.
Maybe that's why you get things done only when you have a deadline.
Maybe that's why people do sports, trekking, adventures, long distance biking, etc.
Maybe that's why people with rags-to-riches stories are more happier than kids of rich people.
Maybe that's why people feel fired up after a debate or a race, irrespective of whether they win or lose.
Because you're trying to fight the odds.
And if people don't have the fight in them, or don't fight for anything, that's when they seem so boring, so bored and so lifeless.
Maybe that was part of the message in the Fight Club.
P.S. Has there been any organized pillow fights in India?