Accepting the Norm

November 4, 2007 at 9:40 pm (answer, autumn, blog, Blogroll, daylight saving time, daylight savings time, fall, god, introspective, journal, judging, judgmental, life questions, normal, questioning, rant, reflecting, standard, standards)

Magically, overnight we gained an hour of sleep.  To me, this is the official beginning of fall.  The nights are longer.  The days are cooler.  The colors are finally starting to peek through the green that is holding on for dear life.  You could even say that it’s the beginning of the holiday season.  It seems like the last couple of months of the year really fly by.  Christmas decorations are being strung at Opryland Hotel.

The idea of longer periods of darkness makes me want to curl up in bed with a book or a movie.  There is something comforting about being able to turn in a little earlier without seeming like a recluse.

I read that Benjamin Franklin is actually who proposed the idea of daylight savings time.  Originally, it was a way to cut down on the cost of candles.  In the grand scheme of things, that really wasn’t such a long time ago.  It was in our not so distant history that people just went on about their lives, without even having to remember to press a button in order to make it to church on time the next morning. (Strangely enough, Arizonians throw caution to the wind and merely depend on standard time throughout the entire year.)

This made me wonder how many relatively newer concepts do we now accept as “normal”.  If you think about it, there really is no such thing.  Things can only be as normal or abnormal as what you compare it to.   There are things that have become the standard over time, but even those were novel ideas at some point.

I’m an inquisitive individual.  That often gets me into trouble, but I refuse to just accept something as truth just because someone thinks it’s a good idea.  (Blessing or a curse?  I haven’t figured that out yet.  It depends on the day you ask)

So, here’s to both the normal and the abnormal… and the novel ideas that are yet to come.  Someday your very own strange idea could be the new standard of normal.

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