Either everything is exotic, or nothing is exotic.
One important thing to point out with this statement is that exoticism is hardly absolute. Specifically, outside of a truth functional framework, universal quantification as to what is exotic Is not as probable as the existential quantifier. There could be something, or more simply, there could be at least one thing which is exotic while most other things are not exotic. I fear that if you were to axiomatically state "everything is or is not exotic", then you lose the definition and rather focus on the categorical features.
Exotic as defined:
introduced from another country :
not native to the place where found <exotic plants>
2 archaic : foreign
strikingly, excitingly, or mysteriously different or unusual <exotic flavors
of or relating to striptease <exotic dancing>.
You could also say that to be exotic is to be different. The danger in using the etymological roots of the word is that over times, the original meaning and definition change over time. Funny thing though, the chain of definitions in my mind concludes at #3. While #4 is still adequate (and potentially awesome), it seems to me something attributed to another thing.
#1 can be refuted with tectonic plate shifting. The earth changes, and everything is virtually from everywhere now, especially considering meteors from outer space. In this light, ice would be exotic to the equator. I just can't accept that as an absolute truth.
Can anything be truly exotic?
Is a Lamborghini an exotic sports car even in Italy? It's from that country. Is it still exotic to you after getting accustom to it sitting in your garage for a year? Is it still exotic to your neighbors after they have seen it drive down the street a few times?
Its probably the case that the term "exotic car" is used as a selling feature for people with way too much money on their hands and need the encouragement of others to let go of their money. A Lamborghini is not inherently exotic but what we choose to say it is. You could also say a Lamborghini is a "sports car" or a "super car." Is a sports car bioequivalent to an exotic car? If an exotic car is a from a different country or foreign or unusual, does that negate any of the other multitudes of predicates we attribute to the car. And in the case of the Italians, the Lamborghini is not a foreign but a domestic car. So there are problems here.
Can anything stay "strange" after being observed?
Things could remain strange even after we see them because we do not fully understand them. We see a jet airplane, but few people actually know how it works. We type on a computer and read what has been posted on an LCD (or CRT) screen, yet we may not understand how the technology works. Some people may, but some may not. It boils down to what you come to understand.
Is it man's fate to uncover the strangeness of things?
It would be neat to think so.
Proud, as humans, to possess the exotic, the exotic car, the exotic plant, the exotic rug... Yet by possessing them, are we not undoing the very exotic nature of the thing we desired because it was claimed as exotic?
I agree with the assertion being made here, if not on grounds of my own interpretation. It is a samsara -esque like cycle that I see in this example. You want something and you are pained because you do not have it. It could be exotic, novel, whatever. You get it, and you are further pained by the fact that you have it and either you want something else, are unhappy with the thing you have, etc. Not to say you could not be contented with the thing you have, but the nature of exoticism is essentially what you do not know predicated on otop of many other things that the thing actually is. When you become frequented with it, the luster would probably vanish.
Can a thing be possessed, known, and still be exotic?
Heck yes, I have a refrigerator that I have absolutely no idea how it works but it keeps my popsicles frosty. Likewise, I have an African tribal mask that my grandfather gave me that I would in some sense say is an exotic object. I know nothing about the tribe, the details, the workmanship, so it remains a mysterious thing clouded in my own ignorance.
Is exotic an attribute, or more akin to being a human expression of emotion?
Sure. I could buy into that.