Damascus, the capital of Syria, is credited as the oldest continually inhabited city on earth (source)—it's been around for over 8,000 years. Yowza. Makes us remember that before apartment buildings and shopping malls, highways and train stations, man lived off the land. Living in "civilization" has definitely suppressed man's natural instincts, but not our hunger for power. In Fight Club, Tyler Durden wants to return to the old ways. And we mean the Damascusly old ways, where a man's self-worth is based on physical prowess and survival skills, not on his job title or the car he drives.