The Outlier

This is for all the misfits.

Considering the drastic changes that the earth has undergone, it is safe to say that humans, too, have evolved in ways unimaginable before. Do we change in accordance to our surroundings or, does the earth change because of us? Or, maybe it goes both ways. Nevertheless, through the passing of time, we have acquired traits which impose adverse effects and, if not mended immediately, will lead to the one thing that we least desire – a bad ending.

The human mind is equipped with power that surpasses alchemy. With the major fraction of the brain left untouched by science, we are still unable to reach the summit and core of our own abilities. However, there are some which we now recognize but never fully understand. Having been designed with a sufficient amount of complexity, the human mind works simply in one specific area. That is, its ability to distinguish patterns regardless of the chaos of matters taken in time for consideration.

The result of falling into patterns is natural. In biology, negative feedback mechanism is employed in various processes so as to reset a system and assure that it does not go pass an acceptable range. With this mechanism, the system works to compete with any change and only if it is able to tackle the change can the whole system namely, the entire being, function correctly.  However, what happens in biological systems differ greatly with people in the society nowadays. To put it simply, not all of us fit.

Patterns entail order. People want and need order. And since the world we live in plays the game of irony, it created the concept of entropy. With the innate capacity of the human mind to recognize patterns comes the natural law that everything in the universe, with the Homo sapiens sapiens included, approach destruction with time. How then will things work? How then will we able to find pattern amongst ourselves? Now, this may be the time for you to think – what if we don’t?

What happens if we do not find a pattern and not fit in? So what if your classmates in high school form cliques that you are never a part of? So what if everybody thinks of you as a weirdo because other than clubs, alcohol and drugs, you play chess or read a novel? So what if you aspire to play cello in a concerto and your father and his father and his father’s father were lawyers? So what if your salary falls below the average bracket? So what if you are uncategorize, a misfit?

The downside of pattern-seeking is standardization. Standardization may have put order but, to what extent? With each pattern sought, there is a new pattern to be discovered. The cycle of patterns within patterns goes on. When we standardize, an acceptable criteria is determined and set. The very essence of setting standards brings the existence of misfits. The definition of acceptable and unacceptable differs among individuals just as how each person differentiates right from wrong.

There is a fine line that distinguishes humans’ need for both order and chaos. Hence, the very reason why people who follow a specific routine for a period time experience the shut down phenomenon. After living the routine, the mind becomes exhausted and it crashes. The crash brings the chaos necessary in order for the mind to reboot. If we think of it, order and chaos are two points in a circle – we never know which one comes first or last but we know that one always comes after the other.

The misfit finds himself not in nothing but in his own thing. Considering a specific set of data, misfits are the deviation that question the normal curve. There is nothing wrong with deviation but for some unfathomable reasons, deviations are almost always extinguished. Deviations do not automatically imply errors and yet, based on faulty and early presuppositions they fall under errors. Are people aware that in performing statistical analyses the deviations provide bridges to promising conclusions?

Is it really so bad if one does not fall in a category or, does society make it appear bad? Have the society thought about standardization in a more critical sense? When it comes to human attitudes and perspectives, what is the point of having an acceptable criterion? Knowing that whatever we do, say and think are essential fragments of who we really are, could anyone really say that a person is different? Good different or bad different? If change is inevitable then, exactly how different is different?

Again, this is for all the misfits.

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