Wierd is in the eye of the bee holder. Holding bees is unsafe, but only for one sting. After that, the poor critter dies. Just don't hold them against your eye. That would be wierd, and painful.
As long as the bees are nowhere to be found, is it wierd to stare into the mirror, inching ever closer, while inspecting every facial pore in what would be excruciating detail for some? Perhaps that is the core of the wierdness -- not the pores themselves, but the desire to see deeper inside ourselves in order to find out whether we are wierd or not.
What causes one to wonder whether one is wierd?
Multiple personalities, I say. Cognitive dissonance, and shared experience among various lobes, all sharing the same name, and many, if not all, of the same memories.
What causes this dichotomy, or is it that? Is it a failure to communicate internally through some normal channel, thus necessitating a back-door approach to self realization, or is it an special accuity allowing distinction and inspection of details to such a level so as to compell further inspection?
How much is a worry and how much is a curiosity?
Oddity, wierdness, difference. It's all detail with which to distinguish oneself and others from the mass of sheep -- Alphas and Beta-Plusses from Gammas and Epsilons.
I feel I could do something much more important. Yes, and more intense, more violent. But what? What is there more important to say? And how can one be violent about the sort of things one's expected to write about? Words can be like X-rays, if you use them properly–they'll go through anything. You read and you're pierced. That's one of the things I try to teach my students–how to write piercingly. But what on earth's the good of being pierced by an article about a Community Sing, or the latest improvement in scent organs? Besides, can you make words really piercing–you know, like the very hardest X-rays–when you're writing about that sort of thing? Can you say something about nothing? That's what it finally boils down to. I try and I try...
So, hey, are you'n Don visiting NoTX anytime soon? I dunno when we'd be able to get out to Dubai, but if you guys end up out this way, with more than 2 days to spare, be sure to harrass us and we'll find something fun and interesting to do.