Now, when most people notice my eccentricity (and they do), they generally comment on how weird it is, and then make some comment about fitting in or having to still be able to communicate with people or something along those lines.
They miss it.
Why? Because they have a messed up perception of eccentricity and weirdness in general.
What does eccentric mean? What does it really mean?
Well if you go back to the roots, you find that it is founded in mathematics. An eccentric circle is a circle with a different center from another circle.
Not having the same center; — said of circles, ellipses, spheres, etc., which, though coinciding, either in whole or in part, as to area or volume, have not the same center; — opposed to concentric.
This is still a valid definition in use, and it directly affects the other definitions.
Not terminating in the same point, nor directed by the same principle.
So someone who is eccentric isn’t random, arbitrary, or capricious at all. Being eccentric means living with a different set of life principles than those you share company with (either by being in the same circles, or by working on the same things, whatever). You share some things in common with them, but you don’t share a common starting point or worldview.
The modern definitions of eccentric have become synonymous with unpredictable heterodoxes. The whole concept is one of any deviations from the societal norm being wrong by default.
So… which is good? To be eccentric, or not eccentric?
To be eccentric of course! We’re commanded to!
Or are we?
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
What does peculiar mean?
Appropriate; belonging to a person and to him only. Almost every writer has a peculiar style. Most men have manners peculiar to themselves.
It means you have something unique and special about how you do things… another way to say you have a different set of principles. You have a different center and goal.
So now we know we’re supposed to be eccentric, peculiar, and odd, at least as far as the world goes. Our goal is to have Christ and His Word as the center of our lives, wherever that leads us. Even if it means we disagree with other Christians… if God’s Word is our reason for it, then it isn’t a sin to disagree: the Bible is our center, and that’s what matters. Listen, test your center, always, but don’t be afraid for it to be different from other centers.
So what about communication then? If you’re so off-the-wall that no one can relate with you… what then? How do you impact them?
Good question. 🙂 I’ll write about that later, but for now, you can get started with your ideas in the comments. Go!