Plain in the city

A plain Quaker folk singer with a Juris Doctorate in his back pocket, salt in his blood, and a set of currach oars in the closet, Ulleann Pipes under his arm, guitar on his back, Anglo Irish baggage, wandering through New York City ... in constant amaze. Statement of Faithfulness. As a member of the Quaker Bloggers Ad Hoc Committee I affirm that I will be faithful to the Book of Discipline of my Meeting 15th Street Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Normality has a good press agent...

But, that's all. Genie and I were trying this morning to think of a singe human we know who is normal. All have some deep sadness, or some fixation, or some mania, or some screw loose somewhere - the days of cultures being strongly implanted enough inside the thin little eggshell of our heads to totally cover up our unique quirk and shudder... seems to be over. But, that is not a bad thing, as long as folks don't get too judgmental (about themselves as well).

9 Comments:

At 6:30 AM, Blogger Twyla said...

I've noticed that too, with a sigh of relief. It speaks to me of a letting go of facades, a loosening of the chains.

 
At 8:20 PM, Blogger Dyske said...

I'm normal. Seriously.

All my life, I tried to be like everyone else, and I have succeeded. I'm as apple as a pie can get. So, you know at least one normal person, and now you should feel bad about being abnormal.

 
At 4:51 AM, Blogger Lorcan said...

Ah Dyske:
I have to laugh... you and Roxanne came up as the only normal people we know, as we tried the other day... then we decided to reject you guys as canadates as we haven't gone on a long trip with you both. You don't find our how odd someone is until you spend two weeks in a van with them. But, then again ... as you say, you try hard... fighting against the inner happy village eejit, looking to walk into the pub selling makrel from under your raincoat... fighting the impulse to rise at Quaker meeting and start singing, "I'm singing in the rain"... as I say - culture, you are inculturated to act in a normal way - face it, one day the 21st century will catch up with ye and you and you will walk down the street with a duck on your head...
:)

 
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At 6:00 AM, Blogger Dyske said...

It is not normal to spend two weeks in a van with you. That's why you don't know any normal people. But then I don't know anyone normal either, other than myself.

Just to illustrate how normal I am: I've never had any impulse to rise at Quaker meeting and start singing. In fact I didn't even know that all those quiet people were suppressing their urge to stand up and sing.

 
At 7:56 AM, Blogger Dyske said...

Actually I think I figured out why we don’t know any normal people (other than myself). Since normal people are so rare, they are scared to let others know that they are normal. So they deliberately put on symptoms of neurosis to hide their normalcy inside. They want to feel they belong to this abnormal society, and they feel that the only way to do so is to behave abnormal like everyone else. Actually, that’s what I do subconsciously. So, whatever abnormal behavior you might see in me is only a defense mechanism.

 
At 9:23 AM, Blogger ash said...

insane is the way forward. It keeps life interesting.

I'd be bored stiff at work all day if i didn't talk to myself and sing out loud. To some, this may be considered symptomatic of insanity. To me, it is the very best kind of abnormality... Keeps me through the day.

And, of course, noone else on site is sane either. They all have their varying degrees of madness, and, as far as I'm concerned, so much the better!

Ironically, we are currently involved in the building of a hospital for the mentally ill. It is sad to think that society can't do enough for the truely mentally ill... There seem to be more of these places opening at the moment... are we becoming less tolerant, or are more people being diagnosed as mentally ill? Which is better?

 
At 9:24 AM, Blogger ash said...

and, whichever, what does this say about our society?

 
At 9:32 AM, Blogger Lorcan said...

What does it say about our SOCIETIES! Yup... we have over 2 million in jail in the US, and this is not counting civil confinement, those awaiting extradition or deportation or ... the mentally ill - or those locked up for it, so I can only wonder how many we have locked up in the US. Confinement, mental, and criminal, is the largest growth industry in the US, we don't have jobs... and so, we lock up the excess population, once, in England and the US, we hanged them... well... now they are speaking about locking up in mental institutions violent criminals AFTER they serve their sentences... life time servatude comes back to the US... Let my people go...
cheers
lor
PS Sounds like a fun work site... I might immagrate! :) ( I sing and talk to myeslf as well... you are only nutz if you answer yourself back... - yup that's right lor, ol' sunnyjim - don't answer yourself back, Oh did i? )

 

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