The “New Normal” or “No Normal” (2 min read)

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Reena Saxena

Founder & Owner of: Reinventions by Reena

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Business, Fashion & Style, Successful Living and Writing Writer

It is our concept of normal, which restricts and constricts us.

And there are so many versions of ‘being normal’, that one never gets around to being totally acceptable. Yet, parents, teachers, and priests keep struggling to propagate their own concepts of acceptable behavior.  Excellence is deemed to lie in reproducing published answers from a scripture or book, not raising questions.

What exactly is deemed to be ‘normal’ — the median, middle-of-the-range (as medical science defines the acceptable range of various elements in the body)? Or not being socially offensive? Dr. Christian Northrup says that we have defined a range for both happiness and sorrow, and any emotion that transcends these limits plays havoc with the body, to generate disease.

But, one needs to utter the word ‘mediocre’ or ‘average’, and it raises the heckles of all parents and guardians. That is exactly where they do not want their wards or students to end up in life. So, academically and professionally, the bar is being raised, till the ‘high’ becomes the new ‘normal’. Socially, we are hailed as ‘level-headed’, if we allow elders to take pride in our politeness and subservience. Having your feet planted on the ground confirms good breeding.

There have always been two distinct classes – one that sets standards, and the other that is expected to follow suit. Who has authorized the former to set standards? Is it by virtue of being ‘born ahead’, ‘knowing more’ or ‘having more’? It is an edge they lose rapidly, as the other class advances, and takes over authority from them.

‘Normality’ is then, a shifting scale, in which we invest a lot of time, effort, and moral codes.

Normality is neither absolute nor universal.

Jonathan Sholl, Asst. Professor in Philosophy of Science and Medical Philosophy

Sholl continues to opine that,

No matter how rare an individual seems, he could still be viewed as normal, if the behavior ensured survival in a given environment.

The norms for prosperity, physical appearance, compliance, and acceptable degrees of violence and sexuality define the limits of a culture. Hence, the concept of normal changes, as we move from one culture /geography /economy to another. We cannot have the same lifestyles in sub-zero Arctic temperatures, and in tropical climes. We cannot set the same expectations in a developed and developing country, with different GDPs. People bound by slavery for ages, find total freedom frightening. Their mental chains need an anchor for support and survival.

The imposing edicts of legal structures and governance models drive social norms. Conformity ensures acceptability, and acceptability facilitates social and material success. ‘Normality’ is, therefore, a facilitator on the path to success. Adaptability, then, becomes the new code, and it creates the need for frequent paradigm shifts. Politicians thrive in these settings, as they create new versions of acceptability and adaptability, to suit their own interest, and refine their ‘art of the possible’.

Normal is nothing but a word made up by society so they could single out and attack those who are different.

I am still looking for the opposite end of normality. I have lived in those environs, but cannot place my finger on the exact term. Is it…

  • Anarchy
  • Diversity
  • Innovation
  • Individuality
  • Amazing

Or something else?

Readers are invited to help me out.

Article Credits: Reena Saxena

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

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20 thoughts on “The “New Normal” or “No Normal” (2 min read)”

  1. Lovely read! Very relatable. I loved the first line. It’s a crisp and all encompassing statement I believe. Also, it is such an integral part of the upbringing, that being ‘normal’ haunts us all the time. OMG, so many thoughts have just poured into my mind after reading this that I am actually inspired to write a blog on this myself. Thanks for putting this up!

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  2. Loved this article. Normality truly is a term made up by society to attack those who are different. I’d rather try to be amazing 🙂

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    1. that I’m not the normal student.Now,I’m in middle of a university programmes, everybody is excellent and I’m who not doing well felt that I’m not the normal one. So I always thought that I’m a weird one and love to embrace the ideas that every single human has their own quirkiness and differences.Btw,great article

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      1. Success is a relative term. I understood it quite early in life. My father’s family had good-looking women, and I was the ugly duckling. In the same school vacation, I would visit my average-looking maternal aunts, and I was treated like a princess.It was not about me, but their perspective.

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