The Trouble With Normal, Part One

Canadian singer, Bruce Cockburn, summed it up best when he declared that the trouble with normal is it always gets worse.  We live in a world that exemplifies this statement. What was unthinkable to our grandparents was thinkable to us.  Our parents, to some degree, thought like their parents.  Now what is unthinkable to us is thinkable to our children.  

The world is changing so rapidly it is hard to keep up with it.  Everyday we are becoming more and more accustomed to change.  As a result, we are being inoculated against the angst that used to come with change.  Nothing is stable.  Nothing is sacred.  You ideas today might be obsolete as early as tomorrow.

Only two generations ago divorce was a much more complicated matter than it is today.  Husbands and wives stayed together and worked through the problems that now commonly lead to separation and divorce.  For our grandparents’ generation divorce was scandalous.  Our grandparents valued a traditional family.  Today it is becoming more and more difficult to find a traditional family.  

Children are born out of wedlock and there is no shame.  Marriages crumble for no real reason and there is no shame.  Children are damaged through it all and there is no shame.

What was unthinkable in the middle of the past century is normal today.  And so society deteriorates and, like the preverbal frog in the kettle, we do not even notice the dumbing down of normal.

This is just one example; a perfect example of the trouble with normal is it always gets worse.


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