Online dialogue: what do you consider Normal?
When we refer to something as normal, we usually mean something like average, common, customary, familiar, natural, ordinary, regular, routine, simple, standard, typical, usual …
The next question to ask is average of what, common, to whom, customary in what context, familiar to which people, etc. There is no definition of ‘normal’ outside the context of people. And depending on the people, the understanding of normal changes. In Britain it is normal to drive on the left side of the road, for most of the other countries the opposite is true.
Some people might argue that in the army troops are expected to follow orders, whereas in a cooperative business everybody has equal say. Upon closer examination we will find that neither statement is necessarily true.
For most people normal means to stay within one’s comfort zone. Some people seek their thrill precisely beyond their comfort zone and for them, this is perfectly normal.
We are living in uncertain times. So what does it mean then when we refer to something as normal? Is normal desirable? Or are we better off go beyond normal and seek out the different, the exceptional, extraordinary, the irregular, the noteworthy, the peculiar …
What do you think? Join us in a mutual exploration about an exciting subject.
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