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What Is Normal? Is It Just A Bollocks Word?

So I tweeted this the other day:

What is normal? Be careful of this word. Remember that mass genocide was normal in Nazi Germany. Normal doesn't always mean good.

It was just something that was on my mind. I will expand on it a little if you're interested. If not, see yah (wink).

The idea of normal is something I used to cling to. I can be extremely random and weird especially with my friends. People would often say "that's not normal behaviour". Sometimes with a cheeky little grin and sometimes deadly serious. What is normal? And even if we decide that. What is normal today wouldn't have been normal 100 years ago and may not be normal 100 years into the future.

In my opinion normal is an ever moving fluid set of beliefs that the majority of society believes often because the mass media or government has normalised it. Normal would have previously been set by the church, mosque and temple.

It used to be normal to do LSD, now it's a class A drug. It used to be normal to not have sex before marriage, now people are bumping uglies on the regular. It used to be normal in Nazi Germany to kill Jewish people for being 'impure'. The idea of normal changes and what was normal in the past is wrong now, and equally so what is wrong in the past is normal now. Let's face it, every generation has never and may never nail the true normal. We are probably doing things now that in 100 years people will look back and deem us evil.

Why would you want to be normal? UK and western society says living a normal life should consist of working 9 to 5 coming home, watching TV and repeating for 50 years. Retire then enjoy life. Why the fuck would you want to be normal?

So what does this mean to you?

Well firstly acknowledge that there is no such thing as normal. Then you are free to be yourself. Know when someone says "that's not normal", just laugh safe in the knowledge that they are still trapped by this crazy idea of 'normal'.

Try not to judge others. I used to do this all the time and still do on occasion. But the more I see a 'weird' bit of behaviour, or see something that is out of my comfort zone, I try not to judge, and instead see the beauty in their 'abnormality'. From this I start to see life as the buzzing, thriving hub of energy that it is.

To your success you abnormal freak,

Stu

Disclaimer - Use common sense. Killing people is not normal. If you get the urge to do this, just go play the xbox after you call a psychiatrist.

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