One the sneaky ways society lulls you into complacency is word f*ckery.
Using similar words to draw you into a state of complacency and confuse you into labeling yourself a certain way.
Exhibit A: Using the word “normal” and “common” interchangeably.
Society pretends they’re interchangeable. They’re not.
Here’s what I mean:
There are plenty of issues that people deal with that are common – it has nothing to do with whether they are normal or not.
Easy one to start with:
Obesity is incredibly common. 30% of the US is obese. 70% is overweight. People want to you to think this is normal. This is not normal. And it’s not healthy.
Sure, statistically – it is incredibly common.
And despite it being the average reality for many Americans, it’s not “normal” for humans in any ways.
Food, media, and culture conspire to keep you moving little, indoors and eating high calorie, satiating food.
Being overweight is statistically COMMON. But it’s not not normal.
There’s a ton of things that fall into this categorization:
- Being overweight.
- Being depressed.
- Being broke.
It’s okay to be any of those. But they are states of being, not identities.
Any of those states are incredibly common. But they are not normal.
It’s okay to be depressed. It can be common to be depressed. But it’s not “normal” and it’s not who you are.
People are fat, lazy, broke and tired all the time. These are not character traits. They are states of being. And these are all common.
- They are not normal.
- They are not optimal.
- And they are not permanent.
Most importantly, they do not define you.
They’re just common. That’s all.
But the world wants you to think common is normal.
It’s begging for you to buy in, so you can be common, comfortable, and complacent.
Don’t fall for it.
Choose something else instead. This is a good start.