“Expression without purpose begets nothing but nonsense. Expression with purpose no matter how divergent is the essence of creativity. And when such expression achieves it’s intended purpose, it becomes art!” – TheWild Webster
The world needs more ‘weird’ people! I was pondering various political concepts, especially as related to the results of elections — and consequentially, considering the nature of people in society in general.
We’ve all heard the cliche; “some people watch, some people lead and some people follow.” But it seems many of the problems in our society come from far too many people falling into the first or last group, either following someone else’s lead or sitting by complacently as events unfold around them. Not enough people lead.
I should perhaps clarify what I mean by ‘lead’. I do not consider ‘leadership’ in the manner of someone that intentionally tries to influence the behavior of others. I would not consider those types of people as being leaders. I would consider people who intentionally try to ‘indoctrinate others’ as manipulators. They are people who, based on their own agendas or desires, try to take advantage of a partial-irrationality of the followers and whatever members of the complacent they can either influence to follow as well or assuage to ‘get out of the way’.
No, by leaders in this context I mean people who think for themselves. People who exercise independence and seek their own answers for the questions; “what is good? what is right? what is best?”
I should also clarify that I have another differentiation here that is very important to segregate. This revolves around my concept of what is ‘weird’. As someone that fit into that middle category and the above described definition of ‘leader’ my whole life — someone that sought my own answers for what was right, good and best — I often was labelled as weird by people who were prone to follow popular trends as well as by those who sat back to watch (and judge).
Most people’s concept of weird equates to something else — but they will still readily ascribe the same mental concept to people doing things that fall outside of whatever they have been convinced constitutes ‘normal’. What they mean by ‘weird’ is akin to ‘mentally ill’. They do not stop to differentiate if the ‘abnormal‘ is “good, right or best”. They simply lump anything out of the norm as ‘weird’, slapping the irrational in with the rational.
Well, I define the consciously (or even partially volitional) irrationally-different as a form of idiocy or stupidity. (only if such behavior is entirely involuntary, would it equate to insanity and mental illness) And I am not talking about people that are insane. It’s important to note that I categorize (with good reason) many people who ‘follow’ and/or complacently sit back and watch in the same group those that I deem the ‘idiots’.
It is not the irrational weirdness of which I speak. To me irrational weirdness includes following consensus for the sake of expediency. Irrational weirdness could be defined to include sitting back and allowing others to continually dis-effect your own condition and existence.
Nah, I’m talking about weird guys like Copernicus who dared to suggest that the earth was not the center of the universe in a world full of people who were certain that it was. I speak of guys like Columbus who dared to sail across the ocean determined to reach India despite the common belief he would reach the edge of the world and fall off. This refers to people like Einstein who saw the universe as having consistent rules — rules that do not favor man’s place within them or confine the earth as the best place to observe them in the most optimal fashion.
Thus I differentiate ‘weird’ as those who won’t accept consensus as a means to knowledge, science — and yes — even morals and personal choices. The weird people I admire do not rely on others as a primary source for their own knowledge and the decisions they make as a result of it. They are people who depend on their own senses, their own experiences, their own interpretations and ultimately their own mind as the means to truly ‘knowing’ and truly ‘knowing they know it’.
If people like that existed in society in large(r) numbers, most of the bullshit we have to tolerate everyday would be non-existent or at least virtually irrelevant. The people who follow are a blend of half-rational/half-irrational, half-sane/half-insane. Those who seek to lead them on purpose can easily be defined as evil. The remaining who are in fact insane will not consistently achieve a specific outcome or follow a singular course and will ultimately cancel each other out.
Give me a world where the ‘normal’ strives to include the innovator, the independent, the outspoken, the rebel, the lone wolf, the resister, the non-conformist, the inventor, the creator, the purposeful artist, the unconventional sage. Surround me with people that don’t fit any norm. I like to hang around (rationally) weird people. In fact, I wish other weird people (like me) were the norm. The world needs more weird people!