A War Between: Natural and Normal

Finding Value in Finding Our Value

A War Between: Natural and Normal
April 11, 2017 Rahim Rasul

The words ’natural ‘ and ’normal’ seem similar enough to be interchangeable. Are these two words even defining the same things? Typically normal is used in a comparative sense to weigh ones belief against the known universe of other participants. Normal reflects tendencies and trends. Though many will never admit it, many of our social institutions are encouraging the pursuit of normal.

Who would really want to be normal?

Normal comes across as boring. It’s a one-size-fits-all approach. It’s the safe option. “The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.” This Japanese Proverb encourages the conformity to normalcy. While there are advantages in creating predictable results, it also restrict the evolution of the domain. How are the upper limits of our indwelling abilities going to cultivated if there is no platform to push the limits?

Natural is my cup of tea. No longer are the social proclamations dictating our schedule and our minds. We now want to discover what is natural. In ancient Egypt, above the entrance of all temples reads the phrase: “Man know thyself.” To know implies a journey both in the world and wishing the recesses of our mind. It begins with self-reflective questions.

Without the social pressures, what do I want?

When do I feel like things are effortless?

What activities come easy to me?

What am I the happiest doing?

What am I uniquely capable of and intentionally doing to carve into the world?

The self reflection required to discover what is natural is liberating. The more consistent we become coaxing that naturalness more into our moments an intelligence expresses itself through our process. Acknowledging that we have an indwelling intelligence within us provide the initial framework for invitation. Natural is nothing that we are acquiring but allowing to emerge from with. It’s inside of us. It’s a voice which may only be obstructed temporarily

Natural — existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind.

Nature — the basic or inherent features of something, especially when seen as characteristic of it.

Neter — the common word given by the Egyptians to God, and spirits of every kind, and being of all sorts, and forms, which were supposed to posses any superhuman, supernatural power.

These three words are interrelated and connected at their essence. At our core exists an treasure chest of attributes only we can unlock and share with the world. School, life, and many of our institutions provided a way to batch routine modules of learning to ship out of performances within an acceptable threshold. With technology we must begin to ask myself if “Is the normal standard conducive to bringing forward our own individual capacity?”Are we resign to accept mediocre standard as normal?”