You can be bright or you can try to be cool. But you can't be both. Death is grounding your imagination in others' lack there of.
There is no greater investment than in your own sense of core principles, especially when placed in direct contrast with the lack of integrity and insight within those who pretend to be strong and tough, but truly have no sense of what that means. And never will. Then watch with delight as their bitterness grows.
“Cool never pays, while brightness never fades.