Trying to define “normality” often becomes a challenge of dodging personal perceptions or emotions.
“It all looks so strange!?”
“I don’t know anything about it?”
“Would our Priest approve?”
We all filter our perspectives about “normality” through just that… Perspectives.
Any definition you formulate will be dependent on where you are and who you believe yourself to be.
Let’s deconstruct this a bit.
There are two tribes living on opposite sides of the track.
The Green tribe participates in a dancing ceremony on Tuesdays.
The Yellow tribe has a similar ceremony, but only on Wednesdays.
Green dancers begin their dances with clockwise turns whereas Yellow dancers always go ant-clockwise first.
There’s a serious rift between the communities, and it isn’t just the railroad track.
Both tribes are of the opinion that the other tribe is definitely “abnormal.”
Anyone standing on the track itself would be gobsmacked that there could be so many differences when there are in fact so many similarities.
That person in the middle belongs to the Red Tribe.
All dances are considered to be abnormal in their society.
Clockwise, or anti-clockwise… It doesn’t matter! Dancing is “abnormal!”
Let’s go one step further, perhaps the Yellow Tribe stole some shoes from the green Tribe.
This complicates matters when it becomes an issue of “how can they dance with stolen shoes?”
Indeed, why aren’t their consciences troubling them?
We don’t know why?
But because something illegal transpired it still doesn’t change the slightly different dance into something “abnormal” all of a sudden.
That sounds ridiculous, but we all do it! Our perspectives can be intertwined with our belief-systems and emotions.
In reality, there have been scenarios where people simply considered others to be “abnormal” for simply living on the other side of the proverbial track.
On a cautionary note.
“Normalizing” the “abnormal” or vice versa is never about twisting criminality or harmful behavior into something that’s acceptable within the social contract of society.
Thinking logically, and not emotionally about whether something is “abnormal” or “normal” is really just a good start towards dealing with things you can’t change.
Things you often merely observe within the business of others, when it really is none of your business!
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the Silver Tribe.
They don’t judge anyone who either dances or not.
Those who either dance clockwise or anti-clockwise are seen as quite normal!
But they do feel any activity on Tuesdays or Wednesdays are very odd and quite abnormal… Those are holy days after all!