Shots of Wit

A regular posting of witticisms, aphorisms, and general musings by Clifford Cohen.

Extraordinary or aberrant?

We often think something is extraordinary, when it is really nothing more than aberrant.

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Being different than the main is not synonymous with being extraordinary, but we frequently entangle the two in our minds. Whether something is considered extraordinary or aberrant usually depends upon whether we find the outlier’s qualities to be positive or negative in nature (by any number of personally applied criteria). This aphorism merely suggests that we should not be overawed by something simply because it deviates from the norm—in fact, it might be advised to consider the possibility that the very qualities that we find so compelling are more strange than singular, more unnatural than unique.

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