When my source for weird news says you’re a professional weirdo, i.e., “In the latest episode of Against Everyone with Conner Habib, Conner talks with paranormal investigator and professional weirdo John L. Tenney,” and it has the title THE PARANORMAL IS REAL & REALITY IS PARANORMAL. I’m going to have to have a listen. Bookmarking for later. Just the link, since WordPress is having trouble embedding.
“One thing I think this illustrates is how non-transferable experiences of marginalisation are. bell hooks obviously has more experience of marginalisation than I do – she is a black woman in the US, while I am in most regards a fairly privileged white man. But I am also a queer neurodivergent person, and the experience of small towns for people like me is literally the worst.
If you’re sufficiently “weird” and live or go to school in a small town, chances are pretty good you know almost nobody like you, and it’s awful. In a large city you may still struggle to find people like you, but those people are at least there and once you’ve found a few you will find more through them. It is possible to build a community of people like you, and to build a love ethic within that community, in a way that I don’t think people like me are ever going to really find in a small town.”-David R. MacIver, “The conditional love of a small town.” DRMacIver’s Notebook. April 27, 2020.
Recommend David’s blog in general. Personally, I find I agree with much of what he says. I’ve been “weird” to other people my whole life, but I’ve never identified as being “neurodivergent”, a term I’ve only come to know in the last few years. However, it is a useful way to understand being out of step with the world and helps bring a sense of normality to being different.