Lecturing While Running: Tattoos

My son and I are training for a half-marathon together. During our runs he will occasionally ask me a question to see what lecture I will make out of it to pass the time. It is quite enjoyable. But I am only capable of lecturing in the first four miles. I can[‘t breathe and talk after that.

Today’s question:

Dad, a lot of athletes have tattoos, why do you think that is?

Well son, athletes are frequently really bad with money. They get too much money way too soon. Tattoos cost money. It’s one more way for them to waste their money.

Tattoos are currently cool, so everyone has them, but a time is coming when so many people will have tattoos, it will be cool to not have them. Then, when everyone decides not to have a tattoo, getting a tattoo will be cool again. Until too many people have them, and then it will be cool to not have them. Then, when everyone decides not to have a tattoo, getting a tattoo will be cool again. Until too many people have them, and then it will be cool to not have them. Then, when everyone decides not to have a tattoo, getting a tattoo will be cool again. Until too many people have them, and then it will be cool to not have them. Etc.

This is called a fad. Avoid fads. People change their idea of what is cool. Even Christianity. There was a time it was cool to be a Christian. Then everyone and their mother claimed to be a Christian. So now it’s cool to be an atheist. But now everyone and their mother is becoming an atheist, so soon it will be cool to be a Christian again. It goes round and round. In the end, most people are just pretending to be cool rather than actually being what they are claiming to be.

Avoid all that. Who cares what people like. Do what’s right and don’t worry about it. And bonus: half the time you will be cool.

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