David Bohm: What is normal?

What is normal? Why does normal exist? What does it really mean to be normal? These are things many people think about on a daily basis, as well as myself. Normal is such a relative term because everyone has their own idea of normal. For example, for me, I see a normal form of hair to be straight hair. I’m sure it’s because I have straight hair. If I asked someone with curly hair, what their idea of normal hair is, I would bet they would respond with curly hair. This same idea can be extrapolated to multiple different topics as well, be it physique, height, eye color, hair color, when it comes to personal appearance.

This coincides with stereotypes because people begin to associate what they feel to be normal with people they see that aren’t what they are used to. For me, I grew up in an area that was primarily Jewish, and while there were a descent amount of people that weren’t Jewish, a lot of people who went to my high school had tendencies to be racist because they weren’t quite used to people that were different than themselves. It’s truly unfortunate because while their exposure to non-Jews was still adequate, people were able to form negative connotations towards other races and ethnicities.

You can even take it a step further and relate it back to The Scarecrow in which they take this idea that food is fine regardless of where it’s from or how it was made, and they show that humans have created enormous factories to make things quick and cheap in exchange for quality. People see quick and cheap food as being a norm nowadays, but they don’t realize at what cost. Sure, the food might still taste good, and in the short-term it’s completely fine, but they don’t realize that they are harming animals, and polluting the air, and shortening the life span of humans with their food with filler and chemicals they don’t even realize will result in health problems as they age. People think it’s normal to be eating this because its so readily available, but why is it normal?

So I ask again, what is normal? Is there a real meaning? There isn’t a true answer, but if you ask me, it’s subjective. Normal, simply put, is a characteristic that an individual sees or comes across regularly.

Chipotle’s The Scarecrow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUtnas5ScSE

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One thought on “David Bohm: What is normal?

  1. I totally agree with you that normal is a relative term because everyone has their own idea of what is normal. So, there is no right answer for “what is normal?”. For me, I define normal as it is conforming to the standard or the common type.

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