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The checklist of normal

“Everything is the way it is because it got that way,” said the British biologist D’Arcy Thompson in 1917.

An amalgamation of Cells and clustered neurons, people bloom from individuals into the collective and back to weirdos again.

It’s human nature to be weird, but also human to be lonely. This conflict between fitting in and standing out is at the core of who we are.

Seth Godin, We Are All Weird

The route to self-identity rolls like a sine wave, an inherent mimetic desire clashing against the laws of conformity. We are our own small army as well as part of a tribe.

Physically, mentally, emotionally, the tug of war between the two selves cements all knowledge into an injection of boldness.

We can feel our heart, never our brain — they nonetheless work together in chemical synchronicity.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of Discvr.blog and four books.