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Re: Eccentricity in Switzerland: does it exist?

Ah, yes, but the weather is British!

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Judging by the architecture and street furniture, that isn't Britain. USA probably.
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I completely agree with you, you don't need to be a complete nutter to be eccentric, or to wear outrageous clothes. It definitely has something to do with the inner "imaginative" within each of us, and it's true the pragmatic barriers we set up as adults are a little shaken when you speak in a foreign language. Thank you for this interesting post!
It's something I often think about, so it was nice to see the thread here and what people chipped in..

I agreed with those who wrote attention seeking or being psychologically unwell (to even notice there is a difference between the person and rules and consensus around), has a little to do with eccentricity. Or, maybe we just call it different names, who knows..

I am just reading some stuff by the director of Brain Mind Institute in EPFL, it is interesting. There will be as much creativity and originality, eccentrism, as much each culture will allow.

Every culture will consider things "different" by different standards, some will push (for example ex commie regimes places will really push for originality, within certain common sense, as long as people are unique and do not reinvent the wheel, which requires education, even in creative arts, etc etc. which makes people shy or not willing to try), or in the really West West, where the push for originality and being different at all times, for any price, has really bored me, at times..since so many people just simply copy the cool way of being different, the safe and accepted alternative way. In that sense, I like seeing people wearing pets on their heads, or love having an original debate with a total square head that I wouldn't expect at all..

But, since we are in a different culture, I think if we start thinking what the accepted normalcy would be, we find a lot of eccentrics. For some, it would be a neighbor who does laundry on sunday...gaaaasp, how eccentric , for me it will be that old dude who vacuums the pavement in front of his house, I love it. For others it will be the crazies who remind the crazies in Central park or Soho. Familiarity and being able to recognize eccentrics, and to what extent we consider them "different" play big role. The level of tolerance for whats beyond normalcy and perceived motives for being different influence us.

I enjoy having a 5 year old, since they are just starting to notice the norm and still have guts to stick to their own way of seeing things. They get a lot more conforming and conservative later on. And I enjoy teaching teens, who are programmed to go against the mainstream, no matter what it is. Sometimes it is destructive, sometimes original, sometimes super eccentric. But it is always fun, and I think thats the point of being truly different, original, oneself. I played pretty hard music gigs in Pilgrim outfit, heheh, looking like a strange Amish anachronistic persona, I did it for major laugh and for people to quit linking certain music to certain types or lilfe styles, but never considered myself really eccentric.

There is a lot of eccentric lit and art being promoted back home, so I always load up on that there, but it is nice to check out centres here (you are in Geneva, check out Maison Gruetli, fab place for eccentric and different anything, Lausanne art places and unies also are very active in art and lifestyles that are different from whatever we consider standard), it is lovely to be exposed to different cultures, back home and in Switzerland, and mix it up, pick what you like, change one's view on how eccentrics manifest themselves, etc.
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Re: Eccentricity in Switzerland: does it exist?

attention seekers are not eccentrics. eccentric is one who doesnt give a hoot about what people say or think, hence the true eccentric doesnt need or want attention or acceptance.

like some of the people before me already said, there are many in Switzerland. Some are being called Spinner (a very crazy out-there person) - and since people like to categorize, you will easily and always come across somebody who knows a Spinner - and there is your eccentric!
I met several in my life:
- a little old lady who lived totally by her self and tried to breed a very particularly-coloured chicken all her life - to no avail, by the way - when she died she apparently left a letter that she was sooo mad she didnt succeed
- a rich man who sold all his belongings and moved to a tiny house in the countryside to become a painter
and others..... :-) but i would take up too much space
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...the really West West, where the push for originality and being different at all times, for any price, has really bored me, at times..since so many people just simply copy the cool way of being different, the safe and accepted alternative way...
Reminds me of the saying: "A non-conformist — just like all the other non-conformists."
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Re: Eccentricity in Switzerland: does it exist?

Eccentric people are called the "Dorf Original" here. There's at least one in every village. As long as these "Originals" are kind, people accept them with some love and understanding. It's the mean ones that make people angry.
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Re: Eccentricity in Switzerland: does it exist?

I like the really kind term Dorf Original. In fact, new comers are often probably viewed as the new, hip, courageous Dorf Originals, I think they have it easier being accepted that way..as much as we nag about not being accepted as foreigners, etc. it has its perks.

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..you will easily and always come across somebody who knows a Spinner - and there is your eccentric!
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Nice post, makes me want to create "post your eccentric here" thread



Mom is a painter, and growing up with artists around, and pushed to create and not to compare to others (plus, the art of social realism, or whatever that nasty thing was, really gives no space to comparison, more to regime loyalty), gives one certain immunity to limitations of "normalcy" in the fun way. But, creation is not really eccentric, sticking up to principles of inventing, creating and being original is not eccentric, it's a different mindset. Eccentric is only valid if one veers off the normalcy scale to "out there" I guess, but then, who cares for labels, right..I like the fact that nowadays people search for more than apparent eccentrism, or eccentricism?, for freedom of thoughts, as opposed to the evident ways to be different, the hair color, the alternative slogans, the piercings and tatoos..

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Reminds me of the saying: "A non-conformist — just like all the other non-conformists."
Makes me think of the good ol' concept of counterculture, and the counterculture of the counterculture not really being the established, accepted culture no more but something completely different..it goes to the individual and reasons to oppose, which often, people don't waste time with any more. I don't really like postmodernism since it's such a fad thing, but voila.
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Re: Eccentricity in Switzerland: does it exist?

I had seen one man that goes around the city dressing with the swiss national mans dress and a big grass cutter machine...
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Re: Eccentricity in Switzerland: does it exist?

For me this chap here is eccentric: http://www.hrgiger.com/

and he is Swiss!
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