"’Normal’ behavior, the nearly universal means by which individuals in society solve given problems"

“In popular usage, eccentricity refers to unusual or odd behavior on the part of an individual. This behavior would typically be perceived as unusual or unnecessary, without being demonstrably maladaptive. Eccentricity is contrasted with ‘normal’ behavior, the nearly universal means by which individuals in society solve given problems and pursue certain priorities in everyday life. People who consistently display benignly eccentric behavior are labeled as ‘eccentrics’.” (Wikipedia)

This definition of normal behavior jumps out at me.  From an algorithmic point of view, from an evolutionary programming point of view, from an impersonal point of view, near-universal convergence in terms of how individuals solve problems, is usually a bad thing if you consider the population as a search for answers, a search for effective ways to solve problems.

"’Normal’ behavior, the nearly universal means by which individuals in society solve given problems"

People who ten years ago would have been called voyeurists…

…would now more accurately be described as having had a premonition of the world as it is today.  Their oddity, if it was an abberation, was an abberation that stuck.  What would have been seen as exhibitionism ten years ago is now considered normal sharing.  Remember Madonna’s Sex book?  Respectable coffee-table material now.

People who ten years ago would have been called voyeurists…

"The snake is a rope" (Truth, Love, Beauty)

“Byron Katie tells a story of being on a hike in the Mojave Desert near her home and coming face to face with a rattlesnake, which struck fear in her heart so deep she dared not look back at the snake as she envisioned scenes of her lonely death in the middle of the secluded desert, with no one to hear her cries for help. She then somehow mustered up the courage to glance back at the snake, and only then realized that the snake was actually a rope. She fell to her knees and started laughing, crying, poking the rope, just taking it all in.” (Truth, Love, Beauty)

I love the Mojave.

"The snake is a rope" (Truth, Love, Beauty)