I’m not planning to watch the Sex and the City remake – there’s a limit to how much plastic surgery I can tolerate on screen – but I saw this scene somebody kindly placed on Vimeo.
It’s set in a comedy club, and a comedian is delivering one of those extremely unfunny woke comedy routines.
Gay people are promiscuous!
Use correct pronouns!
There are too few transgender characters in movies!
At the end of the excruciating routine, the comedian erupts in a paean to fluidity. Change everything! Change your name, address, job, friends! Nothing is certain, and that’s great. You can always choose everything. And then change your choice. And so on. (“You’ll own nothing and you’ll be happy.”)
People like these will be on a million anti-depressant and anti-anxiety meds but they’ll never figure out the connection between their misery and the compulsion to keep choosing and changing. What’s worse, they aren’t capable of accepting that “everything is fluid” is not a great principle to organize the life of the polis.
The entire political conflict of our time is between the people who want to force everybody into the model of endless fluidity and unconstrained choice where the only thing you can’t choose is to stop choosing AND the people who don’t want to participate. I definitely don’t want to participate because it turns out that worshipping everybody’s right to choose everything all the time leads to loss of freedom and dignity for everybody.