Nov 26, 2013 - Tim Schroeder, RivertonEditor:
In recent observation, I have noticed that the general public does not fully understand what the word "normal" means.
Normal and/or normality in referring to people could be defined as the memorization of one's behavioral patterns over a set amount of time, therefore becoming used to said behavioral patterns. That is a truer definition than most, that most individuals often do not, or choose not to use.
Other people judge newcomers' behavior as strange because "that boy doesn't like sports," or "that girl doesn't dress a certain way," etc., when the person who often is the subject of said conversations is not well known or just not accepted within a certain clique.
From an outside perspective, said person's behavior would be considered abnormal when it is actually the normal behavior of said person.
A controversial example would be the LGBT movement. The LGBT movement includes gays or lesbian men or women pushing for the legal marriage of same-sex couples. To some, this behavior is considered sick, immoral and abnormal. But notice how, over time, it is becoming something that we are growing accustomed to, which has made the behavior (and to a further extent the movement) something that we are now used to, something that is more normal and expected.
I suppose, in the end, it comes down to an argument what we the people consider to be socially acceptable and what we consider to be appropriate reactions to social or political differences.
So I ask: Why do we persecute and rant about people who have their own social or political ideology? We live in America, I believe that everyone has a right to an opinion and/or to see that their ideologies be fulfilled in some manner.
However, we should not follow or allow other ideologies that prevent the sharing of opinions and ideologies to become laws. That would defeat the purpose.
From what I can see, freedom of speech is starting to die, and the sharing of ideologies is what makes America what it was meant to be from the beginning. We should enact laws that further protect the sharing of different opposing ideologies, so that America can continue throughout history.
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