On an escalator. On my way to catch a Redline train. Out of nowhere, there’s a voice behind me:
“I heard they’re going to start putting Viagra into Chapstick. They want people to keep a stiff upper lip.”
I laugh. I turn around. I find a tiny, elder lady, wearing a long jean-overalls dress and a baseball cap, grinning at me.
She made such a great, random wisecrack, she deserves an “Awesome of the Year” award.
Naturally, this caused me to do some reading to learn how Viagra works. And it just so happens that taking a Viagra pill is just like retaining knowledge: It’s useless without stimulation. All your life experiences are the stimulation to the knowledge you retain. Your experiences create wisdom. (Hopefully!)
A hard-on doesn’t count as personal growth. But if you are very wise, you just might have a stiff upper lip of steel.