Being cool in my opinion is not about your fashion sense or whether you were popular at school it is how you handle situations. Like being cool under pressure or not being offended easily.
A cool person doesn’t appear to be offended when somebody calls them an arsehole, but instead comes up with a witty comeback that makes their detractor an item of ridicule. I always thought young people were supposed to be cool as they had not yet been filled up with opinions, prejudices and had not yet developed a hatred for the human race.
In high school I remember this kid, who suffered slightly from small man syndrome. He yelled across the schoolyard to one of the larger female members of our class, “Why stroll when you can roll?” The girl not looking the slightest bit bothered, yelled back, “You should have been drowned at birth you little turd.” This response caused the boy’s friends to fall into immediate fits of hysterical laughter. The boy turned into a beetroot – the colour of one in any case. From this moment I strived to be cool in just that way.
The other day I was talking to someone much younger than me I work with about the current ‘refugee crisis.’ They said some extremely intolerant things possibly in an effort to make me angry. I continued arguing using logic and reason. They got very annoyed when I disagreed with them. I was damn sure that I didn’t actually say anything that was offensive (I asked them later and they agreed). But the person refused to speak to me unless to answer simple yes or no questions for the next four hours.
A couple of days later the same person broke a fingernail, I made a small joke about it and again they did not talk to me for the next two hours.
It is not just me that is having trouble with supersensitive ridiculously easy to offend people. At a pub this girl got cut off from the bar for calling the bartender a “fuckstick”. She went to the toilet or something and her friends started discussing the incident and whether or not it was a case of mistaken identity from the bartender. Later the girl flew into hysterics crying and everything because her friends were talking behind her back. What exactly do parents do to raise somebody that unstable?
I would like to know if anybody else is having trouble with supersensitive young people? If so I would love to hear about it in the comments.