The Difference Lies In The Degree

Oftentimes I have asked myself why I am considered weird in contrast to other people. I mean, I believe that everybody has their own individual points of view, and that nobody is exactly the same, which is the common point of similarity in us all…so why then am I, and people like me, considered “weird” whereas others are not? I suspect the difference lies in the degree of departure. Many people have overlap, due to cultural folkways and mores (pronounced mor-ays–who knew?) but maybe people like me have less of an overlap? I’ve been reading a sociology textbook, and I came up with a possible explanation for my particular trouble. I think, that in most things I can see the big picture, the general outline, but I have trouble with the detail. In essay writing I am always told “more detail”. In social interactions I understand the mores (don’t have sex with children or close family, don’t murder) but I have trouble with folkways (offer people drinks when they come to visit, wait for everyone to sit at the table before eating. The textbook describes mores as highlighting the difference between what is right and wrong, and folkways as highlighting the difference between what is right and what is rude. And I think that’s my problem: I understand the difference between what is right and what is wrong, but search me for the difference between what is right and what is rude. So I guess I can see the general but it’s damn hard for me to see the particular.

Published by Devin Hogg

My name is Devin Hogg. I was born and raised in Carnarvon, Ontario, Canada. I moved to Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 2009 for university and lived here ever since. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching TV and movies, going on long walks, swimming, and practicing Chen style Tai Chi. I love to write poetry and blog regularly about topics such as mental health, sci-fi/fantasy series, faith, sexuality, and politics.

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