By: “The Master of Cool,” Grant Perkins
You want to know how to make something cool? First off, your cause must be just. Anything that harms someone isn’t cool. Then, you want to know exactly where you stand on the social ladder. This sets the range for how much emphasis you really need to put into what you’re trying to make cool. If you are not much of an influential person, find someone who does have influence and have them try what you want to be cool.
Next, you want to make sure that you are the best at what you’re trying to make cool. This puts you in a position of authority and people will come to you for approval. Asserting yourself to a point of authority helps with the next step as well.
The next step, which is the most important, is making people think if they aren’t doing what you are doing then they themselves aren’t cool. This is starting to sound like typical high school peer pressure, isn’t it? Well, that’s because it is; peer pressure is THE BEST. Peer pressure has gotten a bad rap for bad, bad things, but anything can be used for a bad purpose. In truth, it’s the person who decides how something is used… but I digress. The bottom line is, if you can use peer pressure to further your cause, do it justly.
Finally, you need to cover your tracks. If something goes wrong–say people get bored of your cause or just don’t agree with it in the first place–you need to be the first person to make fun of it. Making fun of your own sinking ship shows how much you really don’t care (and not caring is so in these days) and can set you up to transition into something else.
Just remember, throughout your escapades, to be cool. Real cool.