We’re almost used to waking up in different time zones.
Some days it’s a dystopian future, others more like the 1960s.
Yesterday we woke up to a Russian leader being buried behind the Iron Curtain with no world leader, not even a Russian, at the funeral – and America trying to send a rocket to the moon.
And it almost seemed normal.
Finally. someone said so That’s not normal
Sometimes it can take an older person, someone who has driven around the block a few times, to clearly state the obvious bleeding.
Joe Biden may have been specifically talking about Donald Trump and Maga Republicans in the US when he said that, but he could have been talking about any country, anything, as midweek he pointed out, “Too much of what happened in our country today is not normal.”
Finally. someone said so That’s not normal. None of this is normal.
We obviously have to pretend things are just like that and react as we used to react to things that happened before – back when everything was normal. But there is a certain liberation when someone says it out loud. “That’s not normal.”
Most of us don’t even remember what normalcy used to feel like, even though it was only three years ago.
Sure, weird and unexpected things happened back then — but they were the exception, and we knew they weren’t normal. And we trusted that it was blips and then things would go back to normal.
But now we’ve deviated so far from normal that we have no hope of going back to what we used to think was normal.
For a while there was euphemism for a “new normal,” even though we all knew there was nothing normal about the new normal.
But we had to pretend it was somehow normal. Because we need a baseline of what we call normal so we can sleepwalk through our lives like we used to – taking certain things for granted and not thinking too much about the future or the past.
There is no sleepwalking through life now. We are exhausted from always having to be fully alert because we do not know to which decade, to which world, we will wake up each day.
For years we took it for granted that prices didn’t really go up. Now we just have to live with the fact that, oh by the way, your electric bill is going to go up… by 40 percent… again.
There is no sleepwalking through life now
Now, half of us are off work and most of our Leaving Cert results are catch-up, and you may or may not get the course you applied for by accident—even if your catch-up credits are sufficient.
Less than 1 per cent of the British population has just chosen their new prime minister in a contest between a multi-millionaire and a lunatic to replace a lying journalist whom a majority of that less than 1 per cent believe should still be prime minister.
And the most talked-about movie of the year so far comes from another American who’s driven around the block a few times – Michael Flatley – who kind of encapsulated the whole madness in one immortal line:
“Bless me, Father, for I have sinned…and I am sinning again!”
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/when-joe-biden-says-normal-has-he-even-seen-the-flatley-movie-41959771.html If Joe Biden says “normal,” has he even seen the Flatley movie?