Originally Posted by acosbysweater
You're such a mature adult. Tell me how being unadventurous has made you a morally superior person.
Ouch. Why the venom, friend? I never claimed to be a morally superior person, or a mature adult, for that matter. That said, I recall seeing somewhere a quote, I think it might be from PJ O'Rourke but not sure, about what piercings and extensive tattoos say to the larger world. It goes something like this: "When I see someone with body piercings or extensive tattoos, I know instantly that there is absolutely nothing interesting or unique about that individual."
Now, that may be overstating things, but it has the ring of truth, at least to me. And those who care about what they wear, moreso than most folks, should, I think, be attuned to the notion that appearances, if they don't matter, at least say something to the larger world. In my opinion, and at last check I was entitled to one, putting a stickpin through your nose or Frisbees through your earlobes or tattoos on your neck doesn't make one adventurous. Quite the opposite. That sort of thing, I think, tells the world that you are a lemming, or perhaps a sheep. Now, if there weren't a kazillion other people doing the same thing, that might possibly be another matter, but there are a kazillion other people doing the same thing. And a lot of those folks end up one day concluding that they were not being adventurous, they were being stupid, and they end up paying way more to cover up all traces of these bodily alterations than they paid for the alterations in the first place. Don't take my word for it. Have a chat with a plastic surgeon or tattoo removal specialist who has profited handsomely from de-adventuring the allegedly adventurous.
Now, if you want to be adventurous, wear an emblematic tie that reads "Capitalist Tool" to the next meeting with your asshole boss. Or ride a motorcycle way faster than the law allows. Or climb a mountain. Or steal a kiss on the first date. Or drive through Mexico with no road map, schedule or destination. That, my friend, is being adventurous, or at least I think so. Do I feel morally superior because I've done that? No, but I do feel richer for it, much richer than I think I'd feel if I had to put up with a fair percentage of the population staring at my ears every day and thinking WTF.
That's just my opinion. You, of course, are entitled to your own.