Passing by Mt Rogers Primary School this afternoon (Saturday 6th March) and I noticed a gathering of 20 or 30 young folk (late teens or young adults) assembling for fight club of sorts. Two young men wearing gloves (hmmm…looked something like practice gloves to me – ouch). The ‘referee’ gave the word and off they went. It resembled nothing like an organised boxing match with trained opponents – taking more of a leaning towards club brawling, which some may find more entertaining.
Was this a modern duel? Had one young man stolen away the heart of his opponent’s beau? Should I have captured it on camera for upload to YouTube?
I’ll admit that I was a huge fan of the movie Fight Club. It touched something in me…a feeling that modern man is somehow smothered, removed too quickly from our ancient environment of hunting and surviving and protecting our tribe or family from a hostile world. But somehow this seemed a little too public. Distasteful. Do I really want my young son seeing this sort of thing, and developing an impression that such behaviour is normal? Surely he can wait for his night-clubbing years to witness such spectacles!
I’ll remain just mildly disturbed.