Every time I hear someone say, "the new normal," I cringe. Like fingernails on a chalkboard, it sets my teeth on edge.
That's because I know from sad experience how abusers have carte blanche in the absence of normalcy - the stick in the spokes of their abuse. Abusers and narcissists hate normalcy because it puts a cramp in their style. The first thing cults make new members jettison is their old normalcy. As Todd bragged on Chrisley Knows Best, "There ain't no normal here." My point.
The events of 2020 have given certain people "dressed in a little brief authority" just the excuse they craved to jettison normal, to terrify, to divide and to conquer by brainwashing nice, normal people into exchanging their God-given freedom for so-called "safety."
For five years, I've advocated for the importance of the protection of normalcy. Naming my old blog, Narcissism Meets Normalcy was not a whim. I coined that title because I know, from experience, how much bad can happen when the protection of normalcy is removed.
Oh, sure. I realize that at some point, any version of "normal" was new. But it's like hard-boiled editor, Connell, told John Doe (Gary Cooper) in Frank Capra's brilliantly still-relevant 1941 movie, Meet John Doe.
I can't state it any better. When we gave up our pre-2020 normalcy, the lighthouses were snuffed out, one by one. Please God, they can be re-lit.
If nothing else, this miserable year has taught us to never relinquish our normalcy ever again.
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