Norm is an ambiguous notion that defines perceptions that determine people’s behavioural patterns and characteristics.
What exactly is normality?
Are any of us normal?
Is normality a term for mediocrity?
Do you want to be described as ordinary?
Can abnormality define originality?
Is abnormality a positive term?
Do normality and abnormality mean the same thing?
Let’s define NORMALITY to begin with.
This is a range of characteristics and behaviours that can be subjectively adapted to the majority of society. These are behaviours that do not deviate from the norm and we categorise them as being attributable to current trends. An example that best describes normality is routine, i.e. regular repetition of everyday activities. A dozen or so years ago a man usually worked every day between 7:00 and 16:00 – let’s note that it was normal for him. In today’s world, these norms have been obliterated by changes in working hours for people – and thus resulting in flexible working hours. Now the norm for us is both routine and regular work, and flexible irregular work. There is also the concept of home office, i.e. working remotely from home. This is a new term that allows employees to perform duties related to work from home. A dozen or so years ago it would have been unthinkable that there would be such a possibility of working from home. It would not have met the standards there. It can be said that the standards that exist in today’s world function but…
Are they really the norm?
Why do we set the trends of the present as standards?
Are these norms normal for all people?
Let us now consider whether all these issues determine normality?
Do standards exist?
If people working different working hours are described as meeting standards, even though it would have been completely different a few years ago, it means that in a few years’ time our standards will cease to be standards and become something abnormal.
Normality is a speculative term.
Abnormality is also a speculative term.
Now we should consider whether we are all normal or abnormal. Everything depends on our perspective on the world. Would it be appropriate to describe one person as normal and the other as abnormal if standards are a variable? In these reflections, one can pay attention to the evaluation of the whole world over the years and consider how subjective our views on humanity are. For every human being, normality will be something different. For some, normality will be the abnormality of others. For others, normality will be the normality of other people. So how do we describe a person as normal or abnormal? Objectively speaking, it is unrealistic to do so; and this is why:
We are all NORMAL.
We are all ABNORMAL.