Friday, December 2, 2011

A Point of Difference

(The only problem with living in gorgeous natural surrounds is that when it comes time for the trees to get a trim it is a VERY NOISY sleep defying procedure...between the horsepower revolutions of the electric chainsaw to the *whoosh!* as the thundering vibrations of large branches fall and hit the ground...)

I recently came across a character so refreshing I felt genuinely compelled and drawn for no other reason than uniqueness and a MUCH NEEDED 'breath of fresh air'...a point of difference amongst the stock standard majority culture of this isolated backwater.

Recently I felt so frustrated in this country with its trademark chauvinistic treatment of women to its low standards, anti intellectualism and bordering racist treatment of ethnic minorities...I remember learning about our country being a "melting pot" in primary school... rather than a melting pot it is increasingly pockets of different ethnicities all co-existing side by side and failing to have any flow of discourse between neighbours...breeding resentment especially if that culture wants to practise and preserve its indigenous traditions. I think the problem needs to be approached with a healthy balance...that all ethnic groups should have the freedom to practise their culture such as religious festivals and whatnot that doesn't violate the laws of that country however they should still care to make an effort with the mother tongue and integrate with the rest of the residents of their host country...

So as I've exited a globally flavoured educated intellectual context I have more than noticed the external population here have a really strong reaction to me- they either like or dislike me immensely...I have the ability to polarise populations! LOL Basically I think it stands as this...anybody who appreciates uniqueness and individualism will side with me but those who feel threatened by anything that is not status quo and need a generic robot standard will find me very challenging because I refuse to conform. Perhaps why I well deserve the "anti-conformist" and "rebel" label my folks pinned on me at a young age...

When I was younger perhaps it was more a case of "rebel without a cause" but as I grow older and feel incredibly oppressed by the dominant dissonant culture I feel a need to assert my right to be different and resentment towards people wanting to push me into boxes just so they feel more comfortable about themselves! And more than ever I feel a need to preserve my standards...and that the way forward is to push boundaries and always aim towards higher things. Not to stay complacent and degenerate...So there's definitely a clash of values happening here...

I guess when one's character defies all common and expected norms and sits at the far end of the bell curve and is not mute...yeah that invites a lot of arrows fired your way. I guess insecurity is a normal part of biological evolution...and a healthy characteristic of self preservation and survival instinct...so at the end of the day ALIENS, UNITE! lol well either that or leave like everybody I actually like seems to...

6 comments:

HappyOrganist said...

You should move to Singapore.

I watched a show about Singapore yesterday. Up until they mentioned the water shortage I almost wanted to move there. Supposedly they all get along (lot and lots of cultures there living happily together).

Zz... said...

Hmm I'm not great with humidity or places with excess rules...but you are right it is a very tolerant multi-racial nation...probably why my sister plans to resettle there...I never understood but seeing as she is a successful asian female in a white male dominant profession I guess she got sick of being oppressed too...

but yes, there they have VERY YUMMY food and very cheap, and it is a very clean and uncriminal country...ie: very safe!

But yeah like I said if I could have kept my birth country I'd so be right back there!

I have a bit more time here then I plan to take a breather overseas and decide...my friend from school who left here ages ago is considering marrying an American and moving to SF I said jokingly I'd move too so at least she'd have a friend...if I was to live in America I'm thinking Portland, SF or NYC...but I'll come visit you in Utah ;)

HappyOrganist said...

actually, we'd love to visit Portland. Trying to convince my brother to move there.. or Washington state

Salons in Indore said...

Nice Post....

MyAlterEgo said...

come to Portland =D


Zz... said...

you go first! ;) I'll follow...