So I jump ship in Hong Kong and make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas. A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I’m a pro jock, and who do you think they give me?
The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald… striking.
So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one – big hitter, the Lama – long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-galunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." And he says, "Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness."
So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.
— Carl Spackler, aka Bill Murray from Caddyshack.
So it looks like our man the Dalai Lama is the coolest. He’s seems to fit my critreria of cool — his lives a life of freedom, ease, and connection. And he is free even if he lives in exile due to China’s hostility to him. Even in the face of this hostilty, the Lama is cool.
When asked about meeting with President Bush against the wishes of the Chinese government, he simply chuckled, "They always do that."
Picking up the rear of this little poll is billionaire Donald Trump. His money does not seem to buy him coolness. In my thinking, any one driven by ego as Mr. Trump appears to be is not really free, at ease, or connected much of the time. For if he were, don’t you think he’d have better things to do that get in a public yelling match with Rosie O’Donnell?
I threw a vote Bill Gates’ way. I think the guy loves computers and loves to create. His wealth just reflects his connection. And I think he does lots of good things with his giving.
Anyway, thanks for voting. An update is coming soon.