I keep reading how people want things to go back to normal. They shouldn’t and here’s why.
Normal is broken. Normal has a history soaked in blood and violence and division. Normal is sexist, racist, elitist, homophobic. Normal is hate. Normal is repression and prejudice. Normal is old beliefs and traditions that need to become things of days past. Normal is just because something wasn’t offensive decade’s ago, doesn’t mean that it isn’t now. Normal is being closed off to facts that can change your mind or alter your beliefs. Normal is denying the truth that you may be wrong. Normal is playing judge, jury and executioner.Normal is what brought us here to right now.
Going back to normal is the worst thing that could happen. Because what used to be considered normal is not, never was, and never should be normal. Hate and intolerance and oppression should have never been normalized. We need to accept that, and be better people moving forward.
Normal was not good enough. Normal should never have been good enough. So here we are at a moment in time where we can and should change normal.