Why would you want to be a social deviant? Step one is define it.
So, in your mind’s eye you’re churning the cogs, firing sparks of all the social deviants you think you’ve known. Don’t think of the obvious dude in Pantera t-shirts or the guy trying to convince you that the world will become catabolic if Uranus is in alignment with the earth on the day that Micheal Jackson’s comeback cd arrives on the shelves (although I would listen to that argument).
People that are outwardly tangent to socially accepted norms are thought to be irritating, hard work, or just plain losers by the general population. That’s because they usually are. Like any kind of self developed identity, that’s exactly what it is. Interesting looms in me if I’m different. They are making their mark – social deviance becomes a brand like everything else.
These punks give it a bad name. A simple subversion of norms for attention or punctuating your existence with an abrasive X is just plain irritating. Get out the tar and feathers.
So, now that I’ve (probably unsuccessfully) tried to lay down what social deviance is not all about, what do I think its about? And why do I think its valuable?
adj. Differing from a norm or from the accepted standards of a society.
Normality is a good thing. Its a part of the very human need for stability, safely, and predictability. Social rules and norms are in many ways a product of that need. But sit too tightly in that world, and it will make you numb, and decisions will be made for you without you realizing it.
The truly admirable and successful people in my eyes are the ones who have managed to think and live outside of the the predefined social blueprint, but have still known that they exist in that world. Still been aware.
I’m not a social deviant, but if I was one, I would say the art doing it successfully is to never admit that you are one.