I’ve often heard this statement: “The weather is just not normal today.”
This has been the sentiment for the past few years of course, but how does one define the weather as being “normal?” Is it ever normal? Perhaps the weather is always normal, as it constantly shifts and changes patterns in a structured yet random order. In being abnormal it is, in fact, normal. This is the weather paradox that can be seen contrasted with the sphere of human behavior.
We all know that everyone is different, yet we classify some people as “normal” or otherwise. So then we come to the question: What constitutes normal human behavior? Is there such a thing, or are we just as the weather? We all change, grow, shift and move as the weather. In another perspective this is the human paradox.
One example of human behavior is a man that many people knew many years ago. This man was considered “normal” by all that knew him; just an average ordinary Joe. He was regarded as a handsome man, very charismatic and fun to be around. By all western cultural standards he was simply “normal.”
Now, when I tell you that this man’s name was Ted Bundy, the perspective shifts. This was the man who confessed to committing nearly 30 homicides in seven different states. He was a murderer, rapist and a necrophiliac; convicted and executed by electric chair.
Is this normal? Most would agree that this behavior is classified as well beyond normal, and far below moral. But in our world, the question still remains. Was Ted Bundy behaving normally in his own mind? He could very well have been. What is normal for one is not the same for another. Though this man, to me, was not by any stretch a normal person.
This is the paradox. Though we all change, grow and shift, we cannot define normal among such a large grouping of human behavior. It is as diverse and varied as it is infinite, just as the weather. We must all have cultural standards for society with social and moral norms; laws and punishment, but a realization must be made that comparing normal to abnormal is largely a combination of state of mind, cultural consciousness and personal perspective.
In this sphere, are we normally abnormal, such as the weather? Or, are we as right as the rain? This is up to you. In the meantime, regardless of rain or shine, I opine that we cultivate compassion and heartmind connections to spirit and to each other, then perhaps the Bundy’s will disappear from existence.