We’re all weirdos!

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As hu­mans we op­er­ate on so many dif­fer­ent wave­lengths. One of our great strengths, which is per­haps also one of our great weak­nesses, is that we’re all so dif­fer­ent.

It is what makes us, as a mob, both highly adapt­able and highly vul­ner­a­ble and ul­ti­mately the quin­tes­sen­tial suc­cess story of the An­i­mal King­dom.

Some of us are re­minded every day of how dif­fer­ent we all are, what pushes our but­tons, what makes us tick, what mo­ti­vates us and what cap­tures our in­ter­est – of­ten based on sim­ple but per­sonal sen­si­bil­ity.

What might seem an ob­vi­ous area of in­ter­est to one might at­tract ev­ery­thing from am­biva­lence, mirth or con­fu­sion to scorn from oth­ers.

Some of us are weirdo.

You know, the one who makes a big deal of know­ing the Latin names of plants and an­i­mals and won­ders why oth­ers don’t, the mo­tor head who won’t rest un­til they see their re­flec­tion in the chrome on their guilty of be­ing that hub­caps, the nut­case an­gler who ob­sesses about ‘the big one’. And so on and so on!

The truth is that we are so dif­fer­ent from each other that this difference, in­stead of cre­at­ing di­vi­sions, can act like a mag­netic lure and draw peo­ple closer to­gether in healthy sol­i­dar­ity.

When this hap­pens, pre­vi­ously un­seen pos­si­bil­i­ties sud­denly be­come ob­vi­ous and the world, as the old say­ing goes, be­comes our oys­ter.

For what­ever rea­son, we’ve for­ever raged against this ma­chine and at times re­verted back to a chicken-coop men­tal­ity and at­tacked the cu­ri­ous mi­nor­ity or in­di­vid­ual. His­tory bluntly tells us that this has never worked.

In the Wim­mera, one of the most cu­ri­ous de­scrip­tions of peo­ple in the re­gion is ‘con­ser­va­tive’, which for me at least has al­ways been mis­nomer.

Po­lit­i­cal agen­das tell us we live in a con­ser­va­tive heart­land. If that means we’re part of col­lec­tive so­ci­ety pro­tect­ing ideals based on progress, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity, then fair enough.

But if it means be­ing un­mov­ing, lack­ing imag­i­na­tion, in­su­lar, and crit­i­cally, pro­tec­tive of the bor­ing norm, I haven’t seen it my life­time.

In fact, most peo­ple I’ve known, per­haps stim­u­lated by bore­dom, have all been more than slightly edgy in what they do and how they think. Yes, that means you and me – we’re all weirdos!

And in a po­lit­i­cal con­tra­dic­tion some of us stick out like sore thumbs in the end­less sea of ‘sen­si­ble’ black cloth­ing that pro­lif­er­ates the streets of metropoli­tan Mel­bourne – the sup­posed home of the non-con­ser­va­tive.

To use a good old Aus­tralian id­iom, it might be time for all of us to have a good hard look at our­selves.

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