Woke to a Nightmare

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Woke to a Nightmare

No mat­ter how “woke” you think you are, you are tol­er­at­ing things right now that will make you cringe in 25 years. – Bill Maher

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. – inigo Mon­toya, “The Princess Bride”

While I dis­agree with some of the spe­cific exam­ples Bill Maher cited in the linked video above, I agree with his two main points. The first is that it is silly to judge peo­ple or actions out of the con­text of their time, and the sec­ond is that years from now we will be appalled at the things that are being done in our soci­ety today. I shud­der to think that twenty-​five years from now our soci­ety could pos­si­bly be more “woke” than it is today, mostly because I have to believe that we have reached peak silli­ness in the per­ceived inter­sec­tional injus­tices that are sup­pos­edly per­pe­trated by us nor­mal Amer­i­cans. When Star­bucks can be accused of being racist sim­ply because a store man­ager did not want to allow non-​paying non-​customers to squat in a store, thus keep­ing pay­ing cus­tomers from using the space, then you know that the Left has truly crossed the Rubi­con of Wok­e­ness, and no one is safe.

Of course, the biggest prob­lem is that real dam­age is being done right now, not only to our soci­ety, but to indi­vid­u­als who are caught up in all this inter­sec­tion­al­ity and wokeness.

When my son was going to col­lege a few years ago, he filled out a sur­vey and his col­lege pro­vided him with sev­eral other incom­ing fresh­men to con­tact to see if they might be suit­able room­mates. He con­tacted one indi­vid­ual, but upon learn­ing that this stu­dent was mil­i­tantly homo­sex­ual, sex­u­ally active and expected his room­mate to be OK with this, my son politely declined to room with this indi­vid­ual and selected another room­mate. I won­der how long it will be until some stu­dent like my son is brought up on charges by the school for being “intol­er­ant” of such a poten­tial room­mate – even though my son would have cho­sen not to room with a sex­u­ally active het­ero­sex­ual as well – and per­haps being forced to live in this sit­u­a­tion as a way to “expand his views” or some other such “woke” nonsense.

We are in the process of vis­it­ing schools with my daugh­ter, and encoun­tered a sur­pris­ing trend among sev­eral “elite” col­leges that we’ve vis­ited. Gone are the days when dorms were seg­re­gated by male and female floors, or even wings, and the idea of male and female bath­rooms has gone the way of the dodo. At sev­eral of these schools, males and females share the bath­room, includ­ing shower facil­i­ties. Appar­ently the show­ers are indi­vid­ual locked stalls, but that still means that my fresh­man daugh­ter could step out of the shower in her robe, and be faced with a male senior who may only be wrapped in a towel shav­ing at the sink next to her. Now, given the #MeToo envi­ron­ment we are cur­rently liv­ing in, I am fairly con­fi­dent that any male in such a sit­u­a­tion would be scrupu­lously care­ful not to give his female neigh­bors any pre­text by which to accuse him of harass­ment, but that doesn’t really make the sit­u­a­tion a good one. And if it were my son in this sit­u­a­tion, I would tell him to shower at 2am and make sure there were no women in the bath­room to avoid just such a pos­si­bil­ity. How is that pos­si­bly a good envi­ron­ment for either sex?

The only pos­si­ble “solu­tion” to this quandary at any of the non-​Catholic schools we vis­ited was the tra­di­tion­ally all-​female dorm at one school. Of course, given the times we’re in, this has now been expanded to the all-​female-​and-​gender-​non-​binary dorm. This means that my daugh­ter could be shar­ing the bath­room with a man who claims to be a woman. I won­der if such a per­son would be nearly as scrupu­lous as the male in the co-​ed bath­room about cov­er­ing him­self in the pres­ence of my daugh­ter. After all, if he’s a “woman” what’s the big deal? And I’m sure that my daugh­ter – or your daugh­ter – would be the one brought up on dis­ci­pli­nary charges for com­plain­ing about the situation.

It is my sin­cere hope that, when we look back on these times twenty-​five years hence, our soci­ety is in a place where “wok­e­ness” is the what-​were-​you-​thinking absur­dity. It has to be, because if it’s not, then that means that we’ve gone even fur­ther ‘round the bend and I can’t even imag­ine what that might be like.

No matter how “woke” you think you are, you are tolerating things right now that will make you cringe in 25 years. – Bill Maher

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. – inigo Montoya, “The Princess Bride”

While I disagree with some of the specific examples Bill Maher cited in the linked video above, I agree with his two main points. The first is that it is silly to judge people or actions out of the context of their time, and the second is that years from now we will be appalled at the things that are being done in our society today. I shudder to think that twenty-five years from now our society could possibly be more “woke” than it is today, mostly because I have to believe that we have reached peak silliness in the perceived intersectional injustices that are supposedly perpetrated by us normal Americans. When Starbucks can be accused of being racist simply because a store manager did not want to allow non-paying non-customers to squat in a store, thus keeping paying customers from using the space, then you know that the Left has truly crossed the Rubicon of Wokeness, and no one is safe.

Of course, the biggest problem is that real damage is being done right now, not only to our society, but to individuals who are caught up in all this intersectionality and wokeness.

When my son was going to college a few years ago, he filled out a survey and his college provided him with several other incoming freshmen to contact to see if they might be suitable roommates. He contacted one individual, but upon learning that this student was militantly homosexual, sexually active and expected his roommate to be OK with this, my son politely declined to room with this individual and selected another roommate. I wonder how long it will be until some student like my son is brought up on charges by the school for being “intolerant” of such a potential roommate – even though my son would have chosen not to room with a sexually active heterosexual as well – and perhaps being forced to live in this situation as a way to “expand his views” or some other such “woke” nonsense.

We are in the process of visiting schools with my daughter, and encountered a surprising trend among several “elite” colleges that we’ve visited. Gone are the days when dorms were segregated by male and female floors, or even wings, and the idea of male and female bathrooms has gone the way of the dodo. At several of these schools, males and females share the bathroom, including shower facilities. Apparently the showers are individual locked stalls, but that still means that my freshman daughter could step out of the shower in her robe, and be faced with a male senior who may only be wrapped in a towel shaving at the sink next to her. Now, given the #MeToo environment we are currently living in, I am fairly confident that any male in such a situation would be scrupulously careful not to give his female neighbors any pretext by which to accuse him of harassment, but that doesn’t really make the situation a good one. And if it were my son in this situation, I would tell him to shower at 2am and make sure there were no women in the bathroom to avoid just such a possibility. How is that possibly a good environment for either sex?

The only possible “solution” to this quandary at any of the non-Catholic schools we visited was the traditionally all-female dorm at one school. Of course, given the times we’re in, this has now been expanded to the all-female-and-gender-non-binary dorm. This means that my daughter could be sharing the bathroom with a man who claims to be a woman. I wonder if such a person would be nearly as scrupulous as the male in the co-ed bathroom about covering himself in the presence of my daughter. After all, if he’s a “woman” what’s the big deal? And I’m sure that my daughter – or your daughter – would be the one brought up on disciplinary charges for complaining about the situation.

It is my sincere hope that, when we look back on these times twenty-five years hence, our society is in a place where “wokeness” is the what-were-you-thinking absurdity. It has to be, because if it’s not, then that means that we’ve gone even further ‘round the bend and I can’t even imagine what that might be like.