my two cents

the outsider

   Wed, February 21, 2007 - 7:01 PM
having felt like an outsider most of my adolescent life, and partially into adulthood, i felt a response to the following excerpt:
jamake highwater's "the mythology of transgression" is a brilliant and eloquent analysis of the phenomenon of outsiderhood - of people who stand outside of society's boundaries for whatever reason: their appearance, ethnic heritage, beliefs, or, like myself, sexual orientation. he writes:
people who exist at the margins of society are very much like alice in wonderland. they are not required to make the tough decision to risk their lives by emparking on an adventure of self discovery. they have already been thrust beyond the city's walls that keep ordinary people at a safe distance from the unknown. for at least some outsiders, "alienation" has destroyed traditional presumptions of identity and opened the mythic hero's path to the possibility of discovery. what outsiders discover in their adventures on the other side of the looking glass is the courage to repudiate self-contempt and recognize their "alienation" as a precious gift of freedom from arbitrary norms that they did not make and did not sanction. at the moment a person questions the validity of the rules, the victim is no longer a victim.


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Wed, February 21, 2007 - 8:55 PM
wow, thank you for posting that...being able to make one's own rules and live without the arbitrary rules of the masses truly is freedom!
Thu, February 22, 2007 - 9:38 AM
That reminds me of one of my favorite sayings that comes up a lot in my life. "Be of the world but not in the world". think outsiders have a natural ability to do this. It is very interesting watching Judah at the stage of life he is at where social status is so important. He's an outsider. He is well liked but he isn't in the "in crowd". His life is different than many of the other kids and he is exposed to views that are extreme compared to the norms of society. I think it is hard for him sometimes but I think in the long run being a bit "outside of the norm" will help him.
Thu, February 22, 2007 - 9:54 AM
this is so refreshing, thanks for posting it.
Thu, February 22, 2007 - 10:00 AM
Thankyou Jeremy. This is an important quotation.
If we take a moment to de-center the norm experience social awareness is enhanced without victimization.
Thu, February 22, 2007 - 11:02 AM
thank u jeremey...

we miss u here on the island..