I’d like to say I’m sorry for these quirks, but I’m not. They are deliberate, and I have adopted them for several reasons.
Besides, strange behavior is often only strange by accident. After all, fashion is a social construct, started by trendsetters and incredibly fickle. My odd fashion choices now may prove prophetic years in the future.
But there is actual logic behind quirky behavior. For one thing, it puts society's hypocrisy on full display. In a world that always claims to cherish non-conformity, it is striking how much societal pressure there is to conform to prevailing norms. People who do odd things are criticized for “being weird” or “not going with the flow,” and are not championed; instead, they are bashed for their strangeness.
More importantly, odd behavior draws other people out of themselves. Most people are self-absorbed; odd behavior forces people to acknowledge the quirky habits of an individual. Odd behavior demands a human response, and evokes a semblance of concern from another people which polite behavior rarely does.
For humanity is depressingly object-centered. People ALWAYS notice a stick, or gloves, or any object out of the ordinary, yet rarely,observe the look on someone’s face when someone is sad, or joyful, or angry. Many people care a great deal about objects or fashion choices, but have little concern for the human person.
We humans observe sunglasses on a man's head, but fail to see the sorrow in his eyes; we compliment a young lady on her new dress or hairstyle, but ignore the glow of her newly in love.
But human beings are PEOPLE – humans with thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and not merely constructs of bodies and attached objects. And any means by which I can help people understand that, even seemingly odd ones, I will utilize.
Even the caricature of caring wrought by quirkiness is better than no concern at all. So I'll keep wearing my sunglasses and gloves, thank you very much.