I was born into rather eccentric circles. Both of my parents were considered odd or eccentric at various points in their lifetimes. I accept and celebrate the idea that I may be perceived as eccentric when compared to a larger circle of normalized humans.
Ideas and words evolve in meaning or significance throughout history. Wikipedia describes the origins of the word “eccentric” thusly:
From Medieval Latin eccentricus, derived from Greek ekkentros, “out of the center”, from ek-, ex– “out of” + kentron, “center”. Eccentric first appeared in English essays as a neologism in 1551 as an astronomical term meaning “a circle in which the earth, sun, etc. deviates from its center.” Five years later, in 1556, an adjective form of the word was used. 129 years later, in 1685, the definition evolved from the literal to the figurative, and eccentric is noted to have begun being used to describe unconventional or odd behavior. A noun form of the word – a person who possesses and exhibits these unconventional or odd qualities/behaviors – appeared by 1832.
I have been so blessed to have been surrounded by some of the most wonderful eccentric thinkers…most of them have been far from wealthy in the monetary sense. After all, riches can be interpreted or measured in a variety of ways, as can eccentricity per our friends the Wikipedians:
Look up eccentric oreccentricity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.
Eccentricity or eccentric may refer to:
- Eccentricity (behavior), odd behavior on the part of a person, as opposed to being “normal”
- Eccentricity (graph theory) of a vertex in a graph
- Eccentricity (mathematics), a parameter associated with every conic section
- Eccentric (mechanism), a wheel that rotates on an axle that is displaced from the focus of the circle described by the wheel
- Eccentricity vector
- Horizontal eccentricity, in vision, degrees of visual angle from the center of the eye
- Orbital eccentricity, in astrodynamics, calculated from orbital state vectors as an absolute value of eccentricity vector or using other methods based on orbital energy and angular momentum
- Eccentric anomaly, the angle between the direction of periapsis and the current position of an object on its orbit
- Eccentric Club, a London gentlemen’s club
- Eccentric contraction, the lengthening of muscle fibers
- Eccentric, in astronomy, a type of deferent, a circle or sphere used in obsolete astronomical systems to carry a planet around the Earth or Sun
- Eccentric position of a surveying tripod to be able to measure hidden points
- Eccentric Training
I guess I choose to embrace the idea that eccentricity appears to focus on generating movement and directing energy that is out of the ordinary. For example, not everyone can spend hours working on a metaphorical Art Project that is essentially a running dick joke…
Creativity itself is by Nature “Eccentric”.
Gosh I love my mother…Katherine Hipbones is her name. She is so “Artsy and Craftsy”! lol With nearly 100 years of fashions draped over her spare form, she can help people see how to pair textures, colors, accessories…Bleh…she can be such a DIVA sometimes? But she really does not intend harm…she can be ignorant of what it might be like to be a simple Milkstool, because her IDEA of my true path were a bit more…mmmmmm….”fashionable” than I cared to pursue? Just a different esthetic…a different time, a different fashion, mind you? We all have this choice to make as furniture? Don’t we? I think so.
Even though my mother is my strongest supporter, she can be a little ridiculous in her views…Hey?! She is 4X my HEIGHT and has her own viewpoints due to how and when she was made. Sometimes people only see her ideas as old-fashioned…but really, she has seen FASHIONS come and go…standing strong and appreciating the best qualities of any “FASHION” is what true style or art is about. Isn’t it? Enduring quality…at least that is the rap my MOM sings.
Mom decided on her path long ago, and has used her opportunity to serve humans as a useful “clothes horse” without apology? She IS a clothing and accessory FANATIC, hence her maker fashioned her of quality goods to support quality human goods? She is passionate about accessories and clothing…but don’t mistake her passion for quality with a slavish devotion to fashions…she would much rather support secondhand or remade quality garments than schlocky mass-produced “fashion”. She is a bit dogmatic about it due to her situation in the home of dog lovers who enjoy the pageantry of dog shows…and with the personal recognition that she is herself a strong and enduring piece of work…
She really only WANTS my happiness, even though it can be hard for her to HEAR what might really make me happy?
It is often hard for the old furniture to blend and be flexible when it is time to change the interiors of human homes. Humans are so “fight or flighty” that furniture could end up in a jumble ANYWHERE with any other human’s furniture…at any time. Sad realization for some furniture, I know….disorienting to say the LEAST…whew.
Some might say that as furniture, we are subject to the whims of humans?…but if you as furniture are like my MOM…she has seen fashions come and go…she has stood strong in her values through it all, hasn’t she? It is ALL in how you dress the argument, if there is to be one?
Mom is such a classic supporter of humans whether or not she likes the “fashion” of the times…she has true STYLE and will be there for me until the fire or termites or unruly large dogs take her OUT of the house where we live together… Do NOT mistake my mother as “OLD” and therefore misunderstand her strength, endurance and stamina…if you do, you are so stupid I could prod you with my handle in udder frustration…Do NOT get me started…
Lovingly devoted Mother!