Wednesday, September 04, 2013


Normally, I complain a lot but one thing I hardly complain about is that people think I am kind of weird. I am totally cool with the fact that I come off as not a normal guy. By the way, no one comes off as exactly normal.  My definition of normal behavior is something like the statistical mean. If you put 10 people in the same situation, they react in 10 different ways and you determine the average of those 10 different responses, that is how you get to “normal” behavior. Looking at it this way, it is almost impossible for anyone to qualify as “normal” because it is impossible to be someone who is an average of everyone around you. (In fact, I would go as far as to recommend that if at all, we come across THE MOST PERFECTLY NORMAL HUMAN BEING - someone of an average height, a mediocre IQ and no political leanings, we ought to grab him, tie him to a pole with a tight rope and display this miracle of nature in a museum  or a zoo and pay him a median salary).

So, I don’t bother too much about being slightly off-center or weird. But what does bother me that people around me don’t think I am weird in the same way I think I am weird.

Now, I think I am one of those cool-type of weirdos, someone with an artsy, geeky, pay-attention-to-ridiculous-details type of weirdness, for example, throwing a Star Trek: The Next Generation reference in an arranged marriage setting or pondering if collisions between characters and objects in the Charlie Chaplin movies follow the principle of linear momentum conservation or conjure up a culinary thesis on how brinjal and cauliflower are an under-rated but natural bedfellows for baking and sautéing and so on. But, people instead would see look at me with a lot of sad sympathy as this out-of-touch weirdo, a socially awkward science fiction fan and a tragic nerd character who read so many books since childhood that he can’t seem to enjoy a silly slapstick movie without thinking about physics or stand in the kitchen for 10 minutes without making a theory between 2 vegetables.

You see? Their idea of what makes me weird is completely opposite of my own take on my weirdness and I would like to take an issue with that.


3 comments :

rohit koganti said...

Hi, that was a good piece. The normalcy theory of humans is interesting and gives to some of my own ideas some form. But I'd like to suggest and add that even if there is no 'normal' person at the statistical mean, I think these 10 people (like 10 points on a line) have somehow been tending to behave more and more like the 'normal' person. I can't pin down the reason to one, but the suspects very easily are excessive materialism (read capitalism) and/or depressingly objective living (read reason-taken-too-far) Because of either of these, I find people becoming more and more of the 'normal' even if none of them were that, to start with.

Sash! said...

I still think you would have more people around the center than far away from it - just like a normal bell curve distribution ...

murali said...

Agree with you .. the word "Normal" usually tends to cover the center of the bell curve of Socially acceptable "norms" ... any deviation from that, your life is a lot more interesting and eventful ... :)

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