Myopic Perspective In Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club

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The author of Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk, once stated, “The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close up” (Chuck, n.d.). His statement highlights a condition I call a myopic perspective. Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a condition in which a person can clearly see objects close-up while objects in the distance look blurry (“Myopia,” n.d.). A myopic perspective is a similar impairment limiting people’s psychological viewpoint or internal vision versus their physical vision, and it limits their overall understanding of how distant events will impact their lives, which in turn inhibits their ability to foresee obstacles and plan for their future. Nevertheless, people suffering from a nearsighted perspective can improve their quality of life by taking deliberate actions to broaden their point of view and thus become better equipped to see the big picture, analyze the past, predict future events, and make effective decisions.
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In his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Sean Covey wrote, "Listen first, talk second; see things from another person 's point of view before sharing your own" (Covey, 1998). Ignoring the ideas and opinions of others results in an extremely weak perspective. There are limits to everyone’s perspectives, but those boundaries are overcome when the views of different people overlap and develop each other.
Setting long-term goals likewise expands people’s perspectives. Someone with a limited perspective would be absorbed in the present, focused on their current situation. Most of the time, a person would make decisions that would benefit them in the short run, but damage them in the long run. On the other hand, setting long-term goals would create a map to success. Although the road of life may be difficult and demanding, having a map to guide one through it all serves as an effective method to overcome one’s

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