Why Eccentric Behavior

dune-catWelcome to my little corner of the web.  The purpose of this site when I first started working on it was to just entertain my inner geek.  I would play with the appearance and code and  put up what ever interested me on a day that I was messing with it.   I love to play with new toys and there is always a new toy to play with in WordPress.  As a result I spent more time trying to fix what I had messed up playing around than trying to write worthwhile posts.

When I first started messing with WordPress I would just put up random stuff. I was basically playing around learning how to use it and spent more time messing everything up than writing. When I learned how everything worked and became comfortable with putting my thoughts out for everyone to read on a blog I decided that I wanted to establish a focused topic. I settled on coming to terms with becoming disabled and learning to adjust to the physical and emotional fallout from that.  However, in the end I have discovered that I am incapable of sticking with a focused topic. I like to blame this on what I call my “artistic temperament” but is probably just me being scatterbrained. I find that what I enjoy most is just writing about whatever is on my mind.

A friend asked me why I picked the name Eccentric Behavior.  I guess I will have to go with the answer:

“Because I think there should be more of it in the world.”

I will also give a quote from John Stuart Mill about eccentricity that I think explains why there should be more of it:

Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character had abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and courage which it contained.

Eccentric behavior is also described as kookiness or quirkiness.  It is behavior that is considered unusual, unnecessary, or odd without being maladaptive.  It is contrasted with what the prevailing culture considers “normal” behavior.  People tend to see anything that is out of the cultural-norm as being deviant or bad.  However, not that long ago in our history you would have been an eccentric if you thought that people should not be able to be kept as slaves, that women were equal to men and should have rights and be allowed to vote, and that the earth was round and was not the center of the universe.

I don’t see it as a bad thing to be an eccentric.  If it was not for the people with the strength to live their lives displaying eccentric behavior throughout human history we would still be living in caves killing our prey with sticks and rocks.  We have the eccentrics to thank for the progress that humanity has made.  They were the visionaries and humanitarians that were able to think outside the box and create the world we live in today.  The eccentrics of today will move us forward into an even better tomorrow.