First of all what does it mean by being ‘abnormal’. Any behavior far away from the set codes of behavior is abnormal. The actions and ideas which are in contrast opposition to the set standards of society and question its predominating ideology and living are considered abnormal. Some strange behaviors actually make the society to think on their long prevailing set standards and subsequently have the power to create a milieu of rebel. Such a changed behavior threatens the ‘normality’ of the society and is capable of influencing its long convincing inhabitants against its very law and system.
The human mind is far more complex than humans themselves realize. The concept of free will and its limits can alter either the person or their life. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller presents the idea that misguided motives lead to decisions that wrong others by fearing what they don’t understand. The fear of the worst to occur is what fuels these people to encourage unreliable reasons for misinterpreted conduct. “I know it, sir.
Free will is an illusion: anyone who deviates from the norm is considered a mistake, and either forcibly brought back to conformity or destroyed. It is either utopia or hell, depending on the perspective. IT says its various offshoots are happy, but does happiness have any meaning in such a tightly controlled environment? In the story, IT possessed Charles Wallace asks the reason why we have wars and unhappiness on earth. He replies by saying that people live their own, separate lives unlike the residents of Camazotz.
However, it shows that handicapping those who have excelled in an area of life or have greater ability than another is an injustice. It is just as unfair if not more unfair to put a handicap on someone who has greater strengths than another. When Harrison Bergeron stood up for individuality, society shut him down. In the real world, society shuts down those who speak out for individuality by shaming them or making them outcasts. Kurt Vonnegut created a universe that put the rules of society before the life of an individual.
“Perfection is shallow, unreal, and fatally uninteresting” (Anne Lamott). Can you picture our world as a perfect society? For perfection to be achieved everything would have to change. Through the book, The Giver, Lois Lowry shows how a perfect society is not always ideal for everyone. The rules of the society portrayed include a discipline wand, chosen spouse, and release.
Now conformity is said to be “the world’s most common but dangerous psychological disorder”. To be a conformist, you listen to society, you follow society’s demands, and you crave society’s attention. But to be a nonconformist, you do the opposite. You are an independent individual: “To be human is to be an individual human, with individual tastes, talents, values, and dreams” (Feys 1). Society takes all this away from you even though you want to be your unique self.
Ideal people do not exist and this statement is essential to recognize. Probably, every person has particular professional or personal weaknesses that prevent the development and implementation of personality and life goals. However, wise people are ready to recognize their weak features so there is the possibility to conquer them. Those who ignore weaknesses keep repeating mistakes while leading the unfulfilled lives. Therefore, the key goal of self-improvement is the evaluation of personal weakness.
looks at how it ultimately affects society and targeted groups. There are a myriad of arguments for and against the allowance of hate speech. Some citing Democracy and the first amendment others stem from the fear of eroded freedoms of expression and have valid points, but ultimately, it corrodes society’s human rights and freedoms. The two fold issue being intolerance of the freedom of self-determination and the fact that some are born a color or culture and have no choice. Therefore, hate speech is anti-social and damaging to society as a whole.
This is the contrary in Mill’s eyes. Democracy nurtures the tyranny of the majority by allowing public opinion to stomp over the voice of the minority. This form of tyranny is the gravest and most enslaving. There is little or no guarantee that what the majority deems fit or best is really so. It is paramount, bearing in mind that the stance of the majority is also tainted with motives and biases that should not come in when making decisions for a society.
A dystopia is the darkest form of government, a utopia is perfect in all aspects, but both societies crave power but struggle to become a successful society. A utopia is perfect in the aspects of laws, rituals, and the people who live within it. Though a dystopia is also an imagined universe, this type of society uses allusions to convince others that they are not surrounded by chaos and danger. Within the novel, Animal Farm, by George Orwell, one of the animals persuades others that they are able to live a life of prosperity and freedom. But, when the motivation passes and another animal takes control, the fauna of the farm begin to work and live in miserable conditions.