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Always remember that what you may consider totally weird, someone else may consider perfectly normal. And vice-versa.
Reminding yourself that what is weird and what is normal is subjective is a major step towards living in harmony with people.
Yes, every society has its standards, but every society’s standards for what is considered normal are not only subject to change, what is considered normal at any given time isn’t necessarily good for the people who contribute to making it normal.
For example, if enough people in a given area act out a bad habit consistently that bad habit becomes normal and accepted. Smoking comes to mind.
So remember, before you judge someone for not being normal, remember that normal is not only subjective, normal is not synonymous for good.
And normal certainly isn’t good if it means judging others unfavorably for exerting their individuality and not simply conforming to the crowd.
“Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.” — Charles Addams
- Every time you change something unique about yourself…
- Extraordinary isn’t normal. It’s different.
- Fear of self-expression is a form of self-imposed slavery
- It’s OK to be weird (and the best people usually are).
- Likability. Being liked and unliked.
- Not everyone will understand your journey…
- Resistance isn’t futile
- Seeing things differently
- The mock of shame