Forget "Norms." How About Seeking What's Just and for the Good of All?

 Forget "Norms." How About Seeking What's Just and for the Good of All?

Forget "Norms." How About Seeking What's Just and for the Good of All?

Sameness keeps us comfortable but do we grow and evolve and live rewarding exciting lives in sameness? Is sameness actually a square, a box we choose to remain in for comfort’s sake? Comfort to a point is good, for sure. But living inside the comfortable square all the time literally boxes us in and keeps us from exploring what could be.

I notice the word ‘norm’ being used in the news these days as commentators and pundits declare that certain events are not following our established norms. Who created these norms and where are those people? In most cases, they’re no longer living in our world today. We are.

Who decided these should be the norms we live within? I don’t know about you but I tend to prefer to choose for myself.

The etymological origin of the word ‘norm’ itself means ‘carpenter’s standard, square, rule or pattern.’ So there we have it—the square we are being advised and programmed to live inside of.


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My objection to the word ‘norm’ doesn’t mean I think we should live in anarchy. After all, they are these very norms that have brought us all to the place we’re in where cultural transformation is begging to be made. Instead, why can’t we use another word with another meaning?

When news people say that our leader should act according to established norms, why don’t we instead demand that our leader(s) do what is just and for the good of all? What a simple and true concept. We don’t have to require anyone to be a carbon copy of his predecessors. All that we really desire is for just and equitable treatment of each other and our beloved beautiful planet.

Again, they are the norms that got us here and our leader is showing us how we want to be and how we don’t want to be and that’s a very good teaching, indeed. Norm is just another word for conformity and though most people conform, at heart and in our souls, we are creative beings and conformity really isn’t our thing.

There are always other ways to accomplish anything. To believe otherwise is to not believe in the infinity of the universe of which we are integral parts. We think we have to all be one-notes in order to get things done but just one note all the time is really not so lovely.

I don’t know who Doug Floyd is but he is credited for this simple yet amazing statement:

You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.

Think about it just a second and you’ll see how true it is.

Every society honors its live conformists, and its dead troublemakers.

Every society honors its live conformists, and its dead troublemakers.

One day in the future we’re going to look back on these times and appreciate this experience we’re having with leaders (especially one) who created such trouble, drama, dishonesty and corruption that we got really really clear about the kind of country and world we truly desired to live in—and then we created it.

Someone who merely follows the norms just won’t be that kind of catalyst for the evolution we have all written to walk into.

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