This is a whittled down version of a philosophical worldview attributable to Tom Robbins, author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Skinny Legs and All, and my favorite, Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates.
Swim against the tide.
Cheerfully seize the short end of the stick.
Court the unexpected.
Celebrate the unfamiliar.
Volunteer for tasks nobody else wants or dares to do.
Break taboos in order to destroy their power.
It’s the wisdom, Robbins says, “of those who turn the tables on despair by lampooning it, who neither seek authority nor submit to it.”