The word “weird” can have negative connotations. Why do you think it should have more positive ones?
Normal is fading away. Governments and industries and schools like normal, because it’s easier, it scales and it’s profitable.
But people don’t like being normal, we want to be who we are, not who some marketer tells us to be.
And so, given the chance, we take it. We become non-normal. If all of us are making this choice, I would like to think it’s not a bad thing.
Schools makes us normal. The education-industrial complex (public schooling) was built by industry to produce compliant workers. (Not me saying that, it’s a historical truth). So of course we process people in batches, reprocess those that ‘fail’, mark for quality and reward those that fit in (with a pass), not stand out.
And we do it every single workday for twelve years. To everyone.
Three tips in how we can be more weird in all that we do:
1. Ignore tips.
2. Embrace being different, the edges. Don’t be different for the sake of being different, be different because its better.
3. When you are afraid, figure out why, question the fear, not the edge.