There used to be a time when I could walk into town and I knew where I could meet people who differed from the mainstream views.
It might have been a New Age shop which sold crystals, tarot cards and gave personal readings for £10.
It might have been a certain pub which attracted green environmentalist types.
A shop which sold skanky looking clothes, as well as Tibetan singing bowls with joss sticks burning Nag Champa in the corner.
It could have been a local Pagan moot, where witches, occultists and esoteric-minded individuals would hang out.
The conversations ranged from “The world is run by 9 people in a room somewhere, who control everything” to UFO’s, fluoride in the water supply, “Aliens built the pyramids” and yes even those who read books by David Icke. In fact, it was one such person who did who got me started down this road. Her and her husband were Pagans, wore Green Man t-shirts and drove a pristine 20 year old hatchback car which looked like it had just rolled off the production line.
I never see these types of people anymore in my day-to-day life. Yes, they can be found online but I never actually see people anymore who stand out – who dress differently, who let you know they are offbeat in some ways.
I used to know a guy who always wore shorts, even in freezing cold weather. He had a mane of unruly hair. He was very clued up on how he felt the world was and a lot of what he spoke about (he was viewed as a ‘weirdo’ and a ‘crank’ back then) has come to pass.
So, where have all the ‘weirdos’ gone? I for one miss them.