Cool is a state of grace

2010-07-12 10:00

Fans of the British car show Top Gear are ­familiar with the “cool wall” concept in which the show’s presenters decide which cars are cool, ­uncool or subpar.

They take no scientific approach and the concept is based purely on personal taste.

The word “cool” was appropriated by popular urban culture in the 1980s and 1990s, and came to mean much more than a slight dip in the temperature. It ­represented a certain panache, a cutting edge – an existence at the forefront of what was ­admired and fashionable.

Since then, there have been many synonyms – dope, fresh, fine, wicked, sick and so on – but “cool” still lingers – well, at least in the minds of those of us who ­straddle our adolescent and ­ageing years.

We still use the phrase “­attempting to be cool”. I am ­starting to suspect, though, that I have moved ­beyond being cool and have now shifted from the centre to the fringes of who ­defines what is considered cool.

There are just certain things I can’t bring myself to do, wear or listen to. This includes using words like “swagger” and wearing lots of colours. What I say often sounds like what I heard from my ­father in my teens and 20s.

I went through the cool things like I was being paid to consume them: viscose shirts, “mashoabana” clothes, gold ­jewellery, s-curls, ­Gypsy sneakers, hi-top fades, Doc Martins, Pepe jeans, Kappa ­tracksuits and ­FUBU.

Now that I am not cool, I have decided that cool is not about what you wear and how you look; it is the kind of person you are.

Do you live with integrity and treat people with respect?

This is what makes you cool in my eyes. Perhaps I’m just ­consoling ­myself.


Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.