Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"Normal" People

"The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well." - Joe Ancis
While Joe Ancis may not be the smartest guy around, he certainly does make for an interesting topic of conversation.  Not only has he given plenty of ammunition for a conversation that pokes fun at him (e.g. tax problems), but he also provides us with a gem of a quote like the one above.

It could be that it was said in a normal conversation with somewhat of a joking tone.  It is a little funny when you first hear or read it.  I can see myself sitting around joking with friends about all of the things that make us “weird” after reading this. Truthfully, when you know someone well, you’re likely to know some of their quirks that would set them apart as someone who is not necessarily the public idea of a normal person.

In reality, every single one of us has some sort of trait or oddity that makes us who we are.  This is what gives us our individuality.  When you pass people on the street, they may appear to be normal but what does “normal” really mean?  Unbeknownst to strangers around them, even serial killers may appear to be a normal member of society as they go about their day to day activities.  Your neighbor could appear to be a classic American soccer mom with 2.5 kids, the dog, and the minivan, but she may be an alcoholic behind closed doors.  I’d venture to say that neither of these examples are “normal” people but in a way, they are.  Ancis’ quote basically states that we all have things that make us different, but doesn’t that make us all normal?  Is there really anyone out there who has no distinguishing traits, behaviors, or secrets? 

I’ll go out on a limb and say that even Joe Ancis is normal.

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