My Next Husband Will Be Normal......My former wife kept saying that I was weird and did things in ways normal people didn't.
An example of this was that when making the bed, I'd try different ways - examine the assumptions about "how we are supposed to make a bed". In the end I found it easiest for me to squat in the middle of the pillows and pull everything straight, then roll off the end and touch up the wrinkles.
To start with the jibes were in fun "You're weird!", "Can't you ever do anything like normal people do?"....
She had a night shirt which said "My next husband will be normal" (he isn't).
I think she was more concerned about what others in society thought of her because I did things in unusual ways, rather than explore the unusual, challenge standard beliefs and ways of doing things and look forward to a life less bored.
In the end it became an irritation that I seemed to be doing it to spite society's orderly running (maybe I was a 'little' rebellious toward conformity :-).
Engineers (and other creatives) typically are constantly looking for ways to do things "better" in some way (faster, cheaper, more reliable, easier to handle etc). It's part of my mindset to see what other ways I can do many things so that they are easier or more fun to do. It's a big part of looking outside the square - developing another way of looking at things.
I suspect it's what helps me to quickly accept most people I meet and not feel threatened by their "otherness" or "differentness".
Weirdness is a spice that colours the drab grayness of uniformity of the social collective.
The weird provide motivation to do new things in different ways, see a problem differently, see invisible everday things with new eyes etc.
I can imagine what society would look like without the weird, where those who stick out are hammered back into place - just check out any totalitarian regime for the last 100 years - it's rarely a way of enjoyable life.
Viva la weird!
ProfDavros 46-50, M 19 Responses 10 Jan 12, 2012