I Am Not Normal

I Am Not Normal

Socially speaking, normality is defined as behavior that conforms to the most common behavior in society. What is normal changes depending on person, time, place, society and situation. Last night, I spent about an hour on my friend's Facebook account, sifting through the profiles of common friends and old friends. It was, well, "interesting".

I've been online since the "early" 1990's, but I do not have a Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Flickr or any other social media account, therefore I am somewhat abnormal. In fact, a few people already told me that I was "weird" for not having a Facebook account. Here's the thing, the online profiles of people whom I've known for a long time are rarely representative of who I think they are in person. When people do not conform to what is considered "normal", they are labeled as weird, sick, abnormal or unusual. In a quote attributed to him, Jiddu Krishnamurti said it best: "It's no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society". We ought to be looking at conformity and normalcy as potential imperceptible disease.

Years ago, I saw a screening of Dead Poets Society - great movie by the way. As I left the the theater, most moviegoers, still under the spell of the movie, were apparently trying to shake off their "normalcy". Need I say more.

Song of the Day: No Surprises - Radiohead (1997)
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