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Is there such a thing as "normal"?
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Posted 4/30/14
Is there such a thing as "normal" anymore? me and my family where talking and my brother said "but thats normal" but is it? is there such a thing as normal or did it disappear as society grew?
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I believe that what people perceive as "normal" is what is the most common thing is, for example a medium height man would often be called a normal height man due to most of the men in the world being of a medium height.
The word normal is also used to describe what is expected of a modern society such as looking both ways before crossing the street.
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Posted 4/30/14 , edited 4/30/14
I'm going to have to echo what the guy above me said. Normal is pretty much what most people would do. Things like wearing clothes in public, eating food, or writing with the hand you're most used to writing with are all normal because that's pretty much what anyone else would do.
Posted 4/30/14 , edited 4/30/14
jokings aside dude numero uno covers the important bit of it. it's mostly about conformity which is pretty universal.
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Posted 4/30/14
No no one or no thing is normal
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I'm normal.

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36 / M / The Void.
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Posted 4/30/14
There is no such thing as normal.
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21 / M / The Netherlands
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Yes guys that kiss girls and hold hand with them in public are normal.
Also people who play shitty games like CoD and Madden.
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20 / M / Austin, TX
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Since I think you're talking about societal normality, I'll explain it in that sense. Normal is basically anything that's reasonable and common in a community. What is and isn't normal will progress with a society and vary between multiple societies. Changes to normality also occur under abnormal circumstances, for example: it is normal to wear bathing suits when swimming, washing cars, etcetera; but not otherwise. One could argue that what is and isn't normal varies so frequently from person to person that the entire concept is questionable, but at the same time societal normality is defined collectively, not by any one individual's idea of it.

Basically, normal is indeed a thing.
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Posted 4/30/14
Normal is just what we're used to. What is common. Our daily routine, what we see in our everyday lives. Anything that deviates, or that we don't often see/think/hear, is strange and weird.

There is a normal. There's a societal normal, like the expectation that you wear clothes when you go outside. This normal varies from place to place. In the western hemisphere, it is normal to shake hands when you first meet someone, but in traditional Japanese culture, it is normal to bow. If someone were to bow where I live, it would seem odd and probably conjure up a few laughs.

There is definitely still a normal, even though globalization has introduced us to a lot of different ideas and ways of living. Every place still has a distinct, individual culture. These cultures cross paths much more often now, and even borrow from each other, but to say that all customs have been abandoned and that there is no longer a "normal" is rather ludicrous. There will always be a normal, even though it may adapt and change over time. But that's what makes unusual things so interesting and fun.
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Normal is whatever society as a whole has judged it to be. While at the same time, normal is whatever YOU the individual wants it to be.


Basically, normal is indeed a thing.


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27 / M / Seattle
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Posted 4/30/14
Normalcy is just a perceived notion. There are "norms that people generally accept as being regularly true (or in other words "normal"). It just depends on a person-to-person level. For me hanging out with otakus and being in a group of friends where the smallest person is 6'1 is what I can personally consider normal. Waking up at 3:30 A.M. for work is something that I can perceive as normal. General society won't agree so this is not the "norm."

I guess what I am trying to say is the a "norm" is something that society accepts are normal behavior. The term normal just depends on you as an individual.
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Posted 4/30/14 , edited 4/30/14
I'm the most normal person in the whole forum.
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20 / M / Austin, TX
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Posted 4/30/14 , edited 4/30/14

I'm the most normal person in the whole forum.


Saying that just made you abnormal.
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Posted 4/30/14 , edited 4/30/14
Haha, whats the fun in being normal?
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