The concept of identity, like that of reality itself, has become amorphous and multiplicitous. The result is a fluxing world in which fixity has been replaced by the potential for a range of shifting forms. In an individualistic culture, we can assemble and deconstruct ourselves at will, with the strict bonds of old giving way to a liquid instability.
Contemporary Western societies are increasingly fragile constructions. Individuals, no longer tethered to strict cultural templates, are free to cycle through evolving permutations. The individual becomes an aqueous entity, taking shape only to flow into and through itself in search of organic contours. The self remains a container, but a malleable and permeable one. Identity courses everywhere, pools nowhere.