I think NORMAL may have something to do with continuity of ACTION with the opposite ABNORMAL being the stuck-ness in a project , that moment when one can't go on anymore.
We don't feel "different" until we stop being engaged.
I think NORMAL has something to do to being involved, being part of the whole, being continuously needed for the whole to exist.
People who get a divorce, or loose a job, or retire, they all seem to have in common, not just the susceptibility to depression, but also the abandonment from partner, company of society.
Maybe abnormal may have something to do with the moment when nobody needs us more the we need ourselves.
And maybe this is one of the reason people who recover from "abnormality" are those who did find a reason beyond themselves to go on.
And the unfortunate ones are the ones that haven't had in a long time somebody to knock on their door for a cup of sugar,
Are you basically saying that to be normal is to interact with others and have them interact with you? Im not quite sure if I agree with you there... I agree that as PART of a society's "normal" to socialise and connect with others is commonplace, but I dont think it is the definition or standard as to what is normal.
Normal is what you - the individual - feel is normal. If you dont know what normal is and you follow the person beside you's definition of normal then you are putting standards on yourself to meet with that definition. thats what society as a whole does.... it sets out a general "norm" in order for everyone to co-agulate into this mass of existance. its not right or wrong, it just is.
In Ireland it is seen as the norm to work monday to friday 9-6, go out and drink friday night, get locked beyond recognition, go out saturday night, get locked beyond recognition, wake up sunday and go to mass, eat a huge sunday roast and watch GAA the rest of the day. Then get up Monday and start over. If you dont do that people often look at you and ask whats wrong with you.... But thats not MY norm. I dont do that at all, does that make me abnormal? even though what I do is normal to my life? I go to college monday, tuesday, thursday, friday, I dont work, I spend most of my time looking after the house, reading, college work, shopping, cinema, making something.... sometimes I go out drinking, not every weekend though. dont really need it.