Has anyone ever told you that you’re ‘weird?’ Do you ever feel like an outsider or ‘out of place’ because of comments like that? As well as those comments being unfair, they don’t make any sense, and the best way to prove that they don’t make sense is to analyse them, just as you would an argument in an essay. That is, analyse it by thinking about the assumptions that underpin the claim.
What are the assumptions that underpin a claim that you are 'out of place’ or an ‘outsider?’ It assumes that there is a metaphorical ‘place’ that each of us needs to fit into; that there is an ‘inside,’ and we are outside it. It also assumes that this ‘place’ represents the proper and normal way of being, and therefore we are not proper or normal.
What are the assumptions that underpin the claim that you’re ‘weird?’ This assumes that everyone else is ‘normal,’ and that we are sufficiently not normal. The problem with this claim is that everybody’s definition of what is ‘normal’ is different. What is ‘normal’ to one person may not be ‘normal’ to another. The word is dependent on your own definition, and it varies owing to which country we live in; where we grew up; what our parents were like, and who our friends were. If everyone’s definition of what is ‘normal’ is different, then everyone is a little bit weird! Alternatively, the word ‘weird’ potentially has so many different meanings that is becomes meaningless.
It may be ‘normal’ to like popular music, but that is someone else’s opinion. If you like classical music instead, that is not ‘weird.’ It's just different.