Aziz Ansari: Right Now

Had a bit of a rough day, so I popped this one on again to sort of get myself out of my own head and realize just how far I’ve come in the past few weeks.

I’ve been a lot less active on social media, and just on my devices in general, been trying to live life more in the moment, and I think this was one of the catalysts for that. It was this, The Social Dilemma, and a few other little things, like just mentally reflecting on the work of Terrence Malick, or thinking about that one conversation in Before Sunset where Celine talked about how oddly free she felt when taken away from her usual indulgences due to the language barrier in the new country she was staying in. But this was the main thing that made me realize that I take so much of what I have for granted.

This is such a spirited and empathetic look at today’s divisive culture, and how everything seems to be moving further and further away from proper context and acting virtuous for the sake of being virtuous, but towards being performative without caring about the individual and flaunting your sense of self righteousness for other people that are desperately trying to one-up you and everybody else.

While Aziz definitely implores us to stop attempting to try so hard to be important and validated all the time, he doesn’t just stop there. He ultimately uses his humor to bring us to a moment of self reflection and appreciation for the moment we’re experiencing right now.

That’s what is ultimately going to stick with me, because that’s what I’ll always be experiencing. The current moment. So I best learn to be as good as I can while I’m in it, for however long I’m in it. I can only hope this special will encourage others to do the same.

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