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Essays

Essays are my favorite form of written communication, for reasons I’ll one day write out in an essay. Essays tend to be between 1500-4000 words, about a book chapter’s worth of content with one main idea.

Why aren’t more people writing essays? Why is the trend still moving toward everyone mindlessly churning out more and shorter blog posts, with more and dumber little images? Have we been so brainwashed by TV, social media and raising young children that we can’t focus on anything for more than a couple minutes? (Hold on, I’m distracted…)

To quote a movie character based on a book I haven’t read:

“Man, I see… the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering…. 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 [stuff] 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 Durdan, Fight Club

Enter, the Fidelity Essays: to restore your soul from the grips of young people who quote movies online.

 

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