posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 09:07 AM
What is “normal”?
This is something fascinating, I am going to apply this in the context of “people”. What is a normal person? someone not extreme? someone
Yet everyone has very complex versions of normal in the context of human actions/interactions. Asking the question, “what is a normal person” is
too broad to really generalize everyone. But what about the question, “is walking backwards for an entire day normal” – for some reason by
reading this, you may all tell me that this all depends on the perspective of the person doing the act.
Nooooow, If you were to see that person walking, what would be your initial “response” to seeing it. There is a feeling somewhere. And that's
what I'm focusing on, the feeling, not the rationality. It’s hard to explain, but it’s not the same as seeing something just simply uncommon.
It’s closer to seeing something extreme, buuuuut, you could get that feeling when people don’t say thank you/show appreciation after giving them
something they will enjoy, which is closer to the common feeling. And in the back of your vocabularyless mind (not a real word btw), there is only a
few words to describe it with such similar phrases as “out of place” or “not normal”.
Going back to being rude, in the case when someone does not say thank you, rudeness is simply a negative offset of the normal. Courteousness is
considered a “standard” much like the golden rule, it is the positive offset of normal – or more equally defined closer to what is actually
So again what is normal? And why does it seem to have some sort of “positive” auto-pilot.
An easy argument for this would be – “what about back when racism was normal, or wife beating, those aren’t positive, so why were they
considered normal”? – my answer to this: People are stupid, uneducated. Racism and wife beating weren’t positive for the wives and slaves, but
they were for the husbands and slave-owners. But for some reason again, the more we learn, the more we see the “real normal”.As for sociopaths and
people that are "disconnected", or show some acts closest to insanity are in their own category. It is uncertain whether the act is part of any
genetic or neurological or sociological/psychological problems of comprehending.
When you really think about this it becomes very bizarre. The “something/this/that isn’t right” feeling is mysterious, because it forces us to
analyze what we don’t understand about what we do not like, which in return gives us a closer definition to what we do like (in the context of what
people do).Again, think about the feeling, and think about the feeling of extremism and what is common/uncommon. Normal acts can be easily
misunderstood as abnormal, and that’s the way it’s always been. It just takes the understanding of our actions to enlighten people on why they may
feel some things are, and are not normal.
So the next time you see something that isn’t necessarily extreme, or necessarily uncommon, think about whether or not the feeling is positively or
negatively surprised, and also think of which side of the fence you are experimenting this from. This helps us better understand what that normal
feeling is, and will possibly show us why we have been defining ourselves differently yet all having the same ingredients of what kind of reality we
want to live.
MOD EDIT: to correct thread title per author`s request (`Normal Acts of Usualness` from `Normal Acts Usualness`)
[edit on 7/19/2010 by benevolent tyrant]