According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word strange means “different from what is usual, normal, or expected.” Strangeness is often cast into a negative light. It is a word used to stereotypically describe those who are different than the majority. But being different has nothing to do with being wrong. Being different or strange simply equates to offering a new way to see the world.
Making strange friends allows a new perspective in coming to understand people as a whole. Once you understand someone, the strangeness in them dissolves, and what is found is simply a difference in perspectives; a unique way to envision the approach of life. A new level of connectivity is reached which allows for more growth as a person. The more you know, the more you understand. Therefore, the more strange people you know, the more you understand humanity.
I do not want this to sound like a scientific experiment, because some of my closest friends were once people I considered to be strange. I only considered them as such because I did not understand them. This led me to discover a new truth of life: Strangeness roots from a lack of understanding. The strangeness is not in the fault of the other, but in the fault of oneself.
Here is a layout on how to embrace the strangeness:
1) Meet strange people.
2) Befriend them.
3) Understand them.
4) Understand more.