In concept, to be cool means to stay relaxed even in stressful situations. But how does this describe the globally practiced culture of cool? In other words, what is being cool and why does it seem so cool to be cool?
The appearance of coolness designed mainly as a mindset practiced by black people mostly in America and some parts of Africa during times of slavery. Slavery created the necessary creation of a special defence immune system which applied psychological detachment and irony. A cool mindset assisted former slaves and present slaves to deal with exploitation or simply enable them move around freely at night. During captivity, and a long period after that, obvious violence deliberately initiated by blacks was punishable by death. Provocation had to stay relatively inoffensive, and any level of serious intent had to be suppressed, disguised and covered up. So being cool symbolizes a peculiar combination of subversion and submission. It’s a typical case of opposition to deal with power through innovation and creativity.
How beautiful is to stay silent when someone expects you to be enraged.
Today the overall look of coolness symbolizes an essential trend in youngsters’ lifestyle. The look is propagated by Hip Hop lifestyle for instance, which has become “the centre of a super music and fashion market around the world”. Dark aesthetics, whose cognitive, intellectual, stylistic and behavioural tropes are mostly depending on cool-mindedness, has probably become the only unique American creative creation. The Africa American philosopher West Cornel recognizes the black-based Hip Hop lifestyle of youngsters around the world as a great example of the social homogeneity and shattering of a male. While several latest reports have indicated that American brands have considerably fallen in their cool quotients globally, signs of black cool cultures such as Hip Hop stay exportable.
Being cool does not only relate to a top component of masculine show, it is also an indication of escapism, self-gratification, anxiety, confusion, and anomie since being cool can force individuals towards passivity more than towards an effective satisfaction of life’s potential. It is often more essential to be ‘down and cool’ with the individual’s peer group than to show educational accomplishment. On one side, the concept generated by a cool pose intrigues the world because of its natural mysteriousness. The typical way of providing resistance that demands more on overall look than on achievements can transform cool individuals into unbeatable things of desire. On the other side,
being cool can be perceived as a self-indulgent mindset leading to social decay and individual passivity.
The indecisiveness coping with this constellation gives the coolness plan its characteristics, but it also makes its assessment very difficult.
The Stoic philosophers
In ancient Greece reinforced an image of coolness in a strong world. The Stoic apathy to destiny can be considered as the superior concept of greatness and has even been considered as such in the perspective of Africa American lifestyle. Jazz musician Young Lester, for instance, was reliable mostly because Lester was neither ashamed nor proud. Bring cool is being in control, but the master who manages everything is not awesome because he does not stabilize a paradox. The self-control of cool black conduct during the sixties, on the other hand, is instantly connected to the Africa American failure to manage cultural and political oppression. Instead of revelling in complete detachment or complete control, the ethics and aesthetics of cool alienates shatter in order to bring ahead uncommon constellations of concepts and activities.
In a phrase:
the awesome person resides in a continuous state of alienation.
A great story
That teaches us coolness could be the meeting of Alexander the great and the philosopher Diogenes.
According to legend, Alexander the Great came to visit the Greek philosopher Diogenes of Sinope. Alexander wanted to fulfill a wish for Diogenes and asked him what he desired. According to the version recounted by Diogenes Laërtius, Diogenes replied “Stand out of my light.” Plutarch provides a longer version of this cool story:
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Thereupon many statesmen and philosophers came to Alexander with their congratulations, and he expected that Diogenes of Sinope also, who was tarrying in Corinth, would do likewise. But since that philosopher took not the slightest notice of Alexander, and continued to enjoy his leisure in the suburb Craneion, Alexander went in person to see him; and he found him lying in the sun. Diogenes raised himself up a little when he saw so many people coming towards him, and fixed his eyes upon Alexander. And when that monarch addressed him with greetings, and asked if he wanted anything, “Yes,” said Diogenes, “stand a little out of my sun.”It is said that Alexander was so struck by this, and admired so much the haughtiness and grandeur of the man who had nothing but scorn for him, that he said to his followers, who were laughing and jesting about the philosopher as they went away, “But truly, if I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.”
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