Nobody wants to be abnormal. Who in their right mind would want society to tell them they are undesirable, unlovable, unworthy?
The existentialist Albert Camus said, “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”
The cultural middle is not the place you want to be. It puts to sleep your genius and your ambition. It closes your heart to joy and numbs your body with dullness. It promotes idiot spirituality as the new humanistic ideal.
The cultural center of gravity may be the way others construct their reality, but it doesn’t mean you have to live in its papier-mâché world. Ignore it.
The energy you are putting in to fitting in is filling you with cynicism and depression. You are being dragged down by what Ken Wilber has called a “cultural center of gravity which acts like a magnet on individual development.”
If you change, you will need to explore new ideas, fresh approaches, and foreign concepts. The way you think — the operating system powering the software of your mind — will change permanently. You will lose yourself as you have taken yourself to be.
You will need to fight a magnetic force embodied in your friends, family, girlfriends, boyfriends, or spouses. You will put yourself at odds with your co-workers, bosses, or employees. There is no way of getting around it, unless you resign yourself to despair and let the unique light within you go out.
We in the World Spirituality community know that there are other ways of being human in the world. Once we lived in normal, every one of us. Now we are on a path of recognizing our own Unique Self and from this source we are more awake, alive, and aware.