Contributing [Lifestyle] Writer
Normalcy is: the state or act of being normal. Abnormality is: unusual in unwelcoming or problematic ways – behaving abnormal. Within the two definitions poses the question, “Where exactly is the line drawn that sets the two apart from each other. Both broad definitions simply oppose each other with vagueness about what exactly is normal or abnormal, and who sets the standards to qualify someone’s behavior to be either one, in fairness or unfairness.
Society imposes standards, rules, and ideas by a majority that conclude whether something or someone is normal or not. However, these standards are not absolutely correct. Examples can include our style of dressing, culture, and education. When “going against the grain” or not “conforming to the norm,” such as having certain values and beliefs that are not in relation to everyday practices, we can easily be categorized as abnormal and frowned upon due to biased opinions dictated by the majority. As a result, many do their best to sync with the trends to keep up with society and be socially accepted rather that looking deeper into the self without fear of deviating from the “norm.”
As the majority sets forth these rules in place, the minority in most cases is overruled, and the voices of the minority is suppressed decreasing the chance to speak genuinely about his or her feelings, beliefs, or thoughts to what is standard or not, instead of trying to close the gap closest to the majority’s standardizations. For instance, if one chooses to follow a specific religion different from the majority, on one hand, it could be considered unholy. On the other hand, to the worshipper it could be very sacred.
On this wide spectrum it definitely calls for a further explanation to simplify the two definitions of normalcy and abnormality in all fairness. But, meanwhile, as individuals it is important to concentrate on our individuality, then adhere to our inner voice, claim it, and use it as a tool to form our own “rules” that set us apart as unique individuals rather than doing our best to be nearest to the so-called normalcy. Let us just be “us” without fear of being who we are.