What do the Calvin & Hobbes comic strip and the Fight Club movie/book have in common? More than you think. The link is a really fun, and actually pretty intriguing read. (WARNING: If you haven't seen or read Fight Club, then beware: this has spoilers. But then again, if you haven't seen Fight Club you are woefully out of touch and perhaps beyond saving. No offense.)
"...demoralizing effect of reality." Indeed.