What started as a young, beautiful man, full of vision, potential, energy — is no more. He transformed into everything he stood against. In his efforts to resist the materialistic oppression that surrounds him, he fell to nothing more than one of the masses.
Since junior high, Nick had stood as a bastion of independent thought. Not caving to the pressure that surrounds him whether those be his peers, teachers, or the local authorities. His ideas had always been bold, different of an upper echelon.
But this is no more. This week Nick came to school wearing Sperries. Not only that, but kakis. and as if that wasn’t bad enough he had on a Polo button down. I shed a tear.
The next day he even tucked in Polo button down. HE TUCKED IN HIS SHIRT. I wasn’t sure if he had been possessed by a demon, perhaps a well dressed polish one… But he didn’t change or show any sign of his old self. He even wore a vest with another Polo shirt.
Polo stands for all things materialistic, it is the embodiment of image over utility. People are willing to pay double triple the price just to have the little polo logo. Polo is the MAN. It ties you into a culture that only cares about the superficial.
It killed me to see a man I saw as an ally, a friend, a companion, lose track of himself. Next thing I know Nick will probably start slicking his hair back and injure his eyes on purpose so that he could wear hipster classes like the man he now emulates.