Happiness — September 27, 2018
Every Friday, Tuffy fields a question that benefits from his worldly wisdom as #TheMostInterestingRhinoInTheWorld.
This week’s question is: “Hey Tuffy, my grampa always says that the only thing that is constant is change, and that I should always evolve to keep up. Gramps is really smart and comes up with all sorts of original thoughts, but I’m confused by what he means by that. Could you shed some Tuffy light on this?”
Tuffy’s answer: “My dear friend, your grandpa is a philosopher and someone who cares deeply about you, so I hate to break it to you, but the first person to say that phrase was a philosopher dude named Heraclitus. But you know what? I don’t know that he wasn’t your grandpa, so he may have been the first to say it after all. The statement “the only constant is change” sounds like a paradox, but if we break it down a bit, we’ll see that it really does make sense. What the statement means is that we can always rely on things to change – that our environment, the people, and the things around us will always shift with time. I’ll give you an example. Let’s look at the evolution of personal transportation. In the early days, we walked everywhere we went, then at some point, we figured it was better if we rode animals. Most people rode horses or mules, some rode elephants, others, ostriches and emus, and a couple tried to ride rhinos, but my ancestors would have none of that, so that stopped pretty quickly. Then bicycles came along, and we realized they were kinda cool, and they were real machines, with gears and chains and bearings. So we rode those, until that wondrous day that someone decided “Eureka! A bicycle with a motor would be even better!” And so he stuffed one in a bicycle, and duly rode off a cliff, because he forgot to add brakes that matched the power of his new ride. Karl Benz then invented the world’s first gas-powered car in 1885, and we’ve used the internal combustion engine in cars since then. Electric cars seem to be making their mark on the automotive world now, and who knows what’s next? I’ve seen a large drone that can fly a human, and that may well be the next step in the evolution. You can see change in the way we dress – in prehistoric times, humans dressed in animal skins that barely covered themselves, then later, in clothes that were woven from different fibers. At one point, guys even wore metal clothes – it must have been either really hard to go to the bathroom, or their pants must have been really rusty all the time* Today, we have synthetic fabrics that wick moisture, but keep heat in. Of course, we also have people who dress like prehistoric humans, in clothes that barely cover themselves, but that may be the only thing that doesn’t change 🙂 . Much of the change that we experience comes from advancements in technology and the progress of human intellect, and those two things are virtually unstoppable. The gist of it is, that whether it’s physical goods, professions or our friends, everything changes, and we need to evolve alongside to keep up. The role of lamplighter has been replaced by the electrician, the blacksmith who makes horseshoes has been (mostly) supplanted by the person who installs tires, the mechanic of yore is also now someone well versed in electronics. Your grandpa was looking out for you when he shared those words with you, and I know that he was hoping for a happy and successful future for you, without explicitly telling you so. I hope this helps, and I wish you all the best, my friend.
* I know it was armor for battle, I just couldn’t resist.”
TUFFY the Rhino is more than just the Armstrong Tire mascot. On the surface, TUFFY appears to be a tough, hardened character, and arguably there is “none tougher.” In fact, he’s really a softie at heart, charming folks wherever he goes – a gentleman, for sure, but one who would equally be at home blazing frontiers as he would be dancing the waltz at a grand soirée. Often referred to as “The most interesting rhino in the world,” TUFFY has traveled the world and made many appearances representing Armstrong Tire, from advertisements co-starring stars like Lucille Ball to being featured on many eBay listings. However, he remains a simple, Midwestern rhino at heart, one that’s rooted in empathy, humility, and family values.