V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #24: Deviation

Without deviation from the norm,
progress is not possible.
– Frank Zappa

For several years running, I was invited to speak to the Sociology of Deviancy class at our local university.  Each visit, I opened by joking that I was never quite sure whether the invitation was a good thing or not.  Truthfully, though, I think Zappa is on to something.

I won’t get into the specifics of what makes me a deviant, but I will say that the ability to alter ones perspective – to shift certainty to openness – allows for a deeper engagement with life.  It is the opposite of that adage about insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.  To deviate is to dare.

Let me be perfectly clear, here, I am not talking about criminal deviations or corruption.  I am speaking about life affirming and inspirational movement, akin to wonder.

Enough said.  This is about your experience, not mine.  I’m offering as inspiration this piece I found on YouTube.  It is listed as Neoclassical piano music, and is titled Deviation.
The composer is Phillip Weigl.  As a suggestion, it might be interesting to write while listening to this piece and see what emerges.

As always, I look forward to your input.

To participate:

  1.  Create a post on your blog.  Don’t have a blog?  No worries.  Leave your contribution in the comments section below.
  2. Tag your post VJWC.
  3. Either create a link back to this post, or leave a link to your blog in the comments.
  4. Read and respond to the work of others.

Posted by

Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

22 thoughts on “V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #24: Deviation

  1. You have a really interesting personal history, V.J. I think I’ll put my focus on one of Merton’s 5 types of deviance: conformity, innovation, ritualism, retreatism or rebellion. It’ll be educational to do some further research. You sparked my curiosity. 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

Your thoughts matter...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.