Abnormally Normal

Douglas Adams once shared an anecdote about a cab driver. Said driver always saw people in movies and on television getting into a cab and yelling, “Follow that cab!” Having never had anyone jump in his cab in over 20 years of driving convinced him that he was that cab.

Mike Warnke once shared that weirdness is a relative state. For proof he offered first a view of his relatives, then that weird is only weird around normal people. A normal person hanging out with a group of weird people would be weird while the rest would be normal.

Two seemingly un-connectable concepts, but I will now show the connection. On the radio I heard someone discussing adult ADHD and saying that more and more people are being diagnosed with disorders and as a result the group of normal people is shrinking. More and more people are getting pills for things that previously we, or our parents, have just taken for granted. I don’t take medicine, even most prescriptions my doctor gives me. I haven’t seen a psychologist or psychiatrist and just suck up feelings of inadequacy, fear and doubts.

As the “normal” pool shrinks, I come to realize, I am that guy. I am a white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant, non-smoking, male with multiple pieces of parchment from institutions of higher learning. I see patterns and love circuitous stories, I am strongly devoted to my Lord, my wife, my family, my country and my job. No one has ever accused me of being “right” or of being “all there”. Someone a few weeks back said they wished they could be in my head for just a few minutes. I replied that there are times I don’t even want to be there.

If I am “normal” we’re all in trouble. Hope on the bus with me. Be that person with me. Let’s change the norm back.

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  2. Sorry, the links didn’t make it into the message. Search youtube for “Split brain with one half atheist and one half theist”, to get an idea was I was thinking.

  3. Struggling to understand a few people around me, I had some imaginative thoughts about mutual understanding several weeks ago as well.

    My wanderings:

    What would happen if two people had his or her brains exposed (like Gifford’s), and the brains were physically brought together. Would the cells eventually connect, allowing two people to understand each other with the clarity one understands oneself? Maybe this is not the right question, I thought.

    Everyone human being has a brain composed of two pieces, a right hemisphere and a left hemisphere. In people with epilepsy, the connection between the two hemisphere’s can be split, so the two pieces are no longer connected.
    [Split-Brain] . How does this change the individual? . Apparently, you as an “individual” are actually as LEAST two divided people functioning as one. This sounds crazy, but is clearly normal because we are all born this way.

    Find peace by mediating a truce between the warring people’s in your head.

    • Very interesting idea. I’m not sure we are at the point yet where we can medically transplant brains, but perhaps transplanting half a brain is where it will start. Then the question becomes which half do you replace, the stronger half or the weaker half? This of course spins into multiple tangents.

      As for epilepsy, are the seizures caused by the disconnection, or are the seizures the cause of the disconnection? Again, multiple tangential thoughts easily spin off of and out of control on this one.

      Meditating a truce between the warring people in your head is what we do on a daiily basis whether we are concious of it or not.

      • I have been diagnosed with ADHD and take Adderall.

        This is a stimulant which, for me, functions very similarly to caffeine. For me, it speeds up my productivity by reducing the amount of thought switching which takes place and also increasing the amount of thought I have (similar to caffeine).

        The thought process is a little more ordered than unordered, and I am just as imaginative.

        When I have taken an Adderall, I feel the value of my thoughts increase because they are graciously working together, instead of uncontrollably shoving each other around.

        Sadly, I hasn’t help me focus as much as I need to, but it is a help.

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