from Zen Gardner:
I was very young when I first found my fascination for outsiders. The teacher was reading Snow White and we were all sitting on the floor around her listening.
The fairy tale, like many others, taught us that life was very straight forward. There are good people and bad people. It all made sense, it all felt safe. Then a question popped in my head. “What made the Queen so evil? Was she ugly when she was little and made fun of?” After that, I could only think about how much better it would be if the plot was about the origins of the evil Queen.
We’ve constantly heard that we’re primarily deeply social creatures by nature. We also know deep down that social banishment is extremely threatening to our evolutionary welfare. So what happens when there are exceptions?
What happens when there are people who don’t have an instinct to belong – who choose the Involutionary path instead of the Evolutionary way? What about those people who don’t care about being popular? Or those that don’t place social rejection at the top of their ‘fear lists’?
This is where the outsider is born.
Typical is Strange
Innately we are born aimless beings. Slowly and unwittingly through our childhood, we are given a standard of what it is we should aspire for and pursue. Prestige, fear, money and power are the typical incentives.
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