You know what most people want? More than riches or gold or a family? What most of us really want is to feel normal. That’s why we do what we do, It’s what drives us all. Like the type A workaholic corporate lawyer. Who hits the bars at 11 pm to pick up a nameless girl to sleep with? Only to rise up at 6 am, rinse all evidence of the night away, wear sensible shoes, kiss her husband on the cheek and go to work to do it all over again.
The respected mom, who bakes cookies for the whole school. Who is secretly popping pills so she can keep up with the other moms. Or the highly esteemed community leader, who is secretly banging his male secretary. But still stands in front of the pulpit to tell the rest of us how we need to take more responsibility for our lives
We don’t want to feel different, or isolated, or freakish. We want to feel normal. We want to just be like everybody else, or at the very least, just like what some TV personality or commercial tells us our lives should be. In our mission for normalcy, we ignore what we must ignore and focus on what we must focus on. We cover up what we must cover and we disregard anything we need to disregard. Just so we can hold on to our illusion of perfectly regulated bliss.