Do you remember the movie Demolition Man? I happened to catch it on TV the other day. It’s a pretty typical 90s action movie. It has lots of explosions, testosterone practically leaking from the TV screen, all the great stuff about 90s movies. My entire outlook changed though when Sylvester Stallone got his first ticket for cursing. That’s when it hit me: Sylvester Stallone can see the future.
A Prophet in His Own Time
Those of you who have seen it, think about it carefully.
Remember the androgynous clothing? Didn’t it seem to blur the lines a bit between male and female?
Remember the machines that seemed to be everywhere whose only purpose was to chastise you for saying naughty things?
Remember how the only way you could see a gun was in a museum?
Remember how the government had complete control over everything including what they could eat?
Remember the brief line “it has been deemed anything not good for you is bad, hence illegal?” If you pay attention to the list of what has been made illegal Sandra Bullock runs through rather quickly when explaining things to Sly, meat is illegal so all of the food is at the very least vegetarian (and bland since anything spicy is also illegal).
Today, instead of machines dispensing fines we have people screaming and dispensing accusations of bigotry and hatred. We are constantly told that guns are bad, and there is no reason for people to have them.
The rather bland, androgynous style of day to day clothing has been far surpassed by a plethora of new “gender identities,” gender pronouns, and a celebration of people who are honestly confused about gender while at the same time demeaning those who understand its simplicity. As far as government control, remember the bans on sodas above a certain size some local governments passed?
As for the rest of us? That was pretty on the money too. In the movie, Dennis Leary and his followers resisted being controlled. They valued their freedom of choice and right to live their lives as they wanted. The result? They were branded criminals, thugs, monsters, and pushed underground. So yeah, demonizing people who don’t share your opinions by slandering their character? Yup, that sounds familiar.
I’m sure a lot of you saw the title of this and thought it was a big joke. Doesn’t seem so far-fetched now, though, does it?