“A perfectly normal person is rare in our civilization.”
We try to walk about an hour every morning.
And during our morning jaunts, we see an array of creatures
both great and small.
birds of every shape, size and description
and then there are a few oddities…
several fox squirrels along with several species of snakes..
the pictures offered today are of a black headed fox squirrel and a grey rat snake— the first image is taken by a photographer–my pictures are below…
The fox squirrels and the snakes wandering out along the neighborhood roads
appear a bit out of place…not exactly the normal animal fare.
(fox squirrel spied while out walking / Julie Cook / 2021)
And suddenly normal takes on a new meaning…
Due to my recent babysitting hiatus, I’ve been playing catch up here in blogland.
As I was reading over the various blogs that I oh so enjoy, I noticed an underlying
thread weaving its way throughout each post…it was the word normal
So I thought that it would be best if I looked up the word
to see what a dictionary might offer in the way of explaining the word…
conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected.
(of a salt solution) containing the same salt concentration as the blood.
noun: normal; plural noun: normals
the usual, average, or typical state or condition.
“her temperature was above normal”
mid 17th century (in the sense ‘right-angled’): from Latin normalis,
from norma ‘carpenter’s square’ (see norm).
Current senses date from the early 19th century.
conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern :
characterized by that which is considered usual, typical, or routine
according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule,
procedure, or principle
generally free from physical or mental impairment or dysfunction :
exhibiting or marked by healthy or sound functioning
So it appears that ‘normal’ is a standard.
It’s sound, stable…
It’s not out of the ordinary
It’s a means of measure.
It’s the starting point while anything deviating outward, upward, downward
or backward moves away from the standard, the norm, the home place.
And so as I consider the word normal, I can’t help but look at what is
currently transpiring around this country regarding
our public schools…a three ringed circus full of everything but that
which is normal.
Abnormal is actually more accurate.
It was in the mid 19th century that the nation’s leaders determined that
our youth needed to be educated.
Not merely the upper crust whose families could afford private educations
or tutors…but education for each and every child.
(and no that was not an example of white privilege–it was a matter of
aristocracy vs the average citizen…hierarchy has been with us through
hence why the Marxists are hard at work to “level the playing field”
and that, mind you, is a key educational phrase…but I digress)
With a booming growth taking place in our cities, along with
a growing influx of immigrants, coupled with an upward spiraling industrial
revolution, we had transitioned from being that of a nation based solely
upon an agricultural economy to one that was of an
up and coming economy of technological growth.
Our wealthier children had tutors and private schools…
yet the general populace needed rudimentary basic educational skills.
Thus a free public education would focus on what was thought to be
the most important basic needs when it came to “educating” children…
reading, writing and arithmetic.
Eventually science, literature and history entered the picture.
And as the nation grew and expanded while young men were sent overseas to wars,
it was determined a wider depth of knowledge was needed and so courses in
geography, latin and civics were added.
Throw in courses such as drafting, the fine arts, music and we
had a full well rounded education shaping up
Now granted this is all just a simplified look at the the inception and growth
of our nation’s public schooling…
however somewhere in the 20th century, things took a turn.
And that turn was not necessarily for the better.
Sex education came onto the scene.
Mainly because the ‘powers that be’ were concerned about all the young
men who were being sent overseas to fight in wars and yet were contracting
a variety of sexually transmitted diseases at a rapid rate.
Fast forward through prohibition, a depression, a post war world,
an iron curtain, the growth of baby boomers, a police action,
rock and roll, civil rights, a sexual revolution, women’s liberation,
a space race, a drug revolution, assassinations, flower power,
a summer of love, an endless war, an angst ridden youth…
all the while, our public educational institutions were quietly
Normal quietly became a casualty of the times.
And other casualties of this generational madness…
Judaeo/ Christian corner stone
We are now being sold a sorry sack of lies…
Our schools, school leadership, school boards have all given in to the lies…
lies such that our original normal is now a new normal…
and thus we must teach to a new normal…
any deviation from normal, according to each definition of normal,
means that things are not normal.
Normal is the standard.
New is not.
so tomorrow lets explore this new normal notion…
that of the abnormal
You believe that God is one; you do well.
Even the demons believe—and shudder!