Just as the title states....what does "acting normal" mean to you?
When I mean normal, that is not to be confused with "civil"-such as not farting in church or peeing in the lobby of a 5-star restaurant. For example....a person that swallows 18" swords for the circus or still swears by the merits of reel to reel recording can hardly be described as normal.
Likewise, if you have a head, all 4 limbs, no visible skin anomalies, or what have you, you are considered normal. Where does it go from there?
Someone who walks around talking to the trees or calling the police because they think the laugh track on the TV
sitcom is actually laughing at them clearly is NOT normal. Again...where do you draw the line between mental illness versus simple recluse?
On the other hand, someone who says "like" in every other sentence or follows every entertainment or fashion trend, listens only to whatever Top 40 songs are popular at the moment, well, to me, that is just mindless conformity. Yet that person will blend totally into society.
Taking your Honda Civic.....and "sprucing" it up...with tinted windows, a large coffee can sized exhaust pipe, and splashing a bunch of decals on it, you think you are showing off your "unique" personality.....until you realize that everyone else driving a "spruced up" Honda has made essentially the same modifications. Your "unique" car has about 4 million lookalikes out there.
What about cultural differences from different parts of the world? For example, in parts of Europe, it's considered normal for women to sunbathe on a public beach sans top. Here in the US, such behavior would get you cited and possibly jailed. Yet movies or TV
shows without strong sexual overtones are virtually guaranteed to be financial flops; todays Hollywood can take a story about the sinking of the
Edmund Fitzgerald and work a love/sex scene into it.
Likewise, in France (even Italy too if I'm not mistaken), I am told that it is customary or normal to serve your children wine with dinner.
Here in the US, that's a great way to get cited with "contributing to the delinquency of" and not only gettin arrested, but losing your kids to the State as well.
Yet go to any bar or nightclub, show me the one person who doesn't have a beer or mixed drink in hand, and I'll show you someone who everyone else thinks is from Mars.
You get the idea.
What do you consider "normal"?
Just trying to start up a new topic. No ulterior motive here.
[Edited 2005-10-18 22:31:12]