Normal Is Strange
Why are people expected to understand nonverbal language? It is not taught at home, in school, or anywhere else considered "mainstream". Yet if someone does not know it, they are seen as strange. If you were taken to a country that mainly spoke a language you could not understand, what would you do? Would it make sense to you if someone said "You can't speak our language? That's weird"? Would it make sense to you if they mocked you for it? If they laughed at you when you tried to speak that language? It happens to people with Asperger's every day. Why is that "normal"? Many people with Asperger's are sensitive to sensations. When DJs crank the music up, I cover my ears. Sometimes, if it is loud enough, I have to leave the room. Listening to such loud music often damages one's ears. Why is doing this "normal"? Neurotypical people often take part in activities they would normally avoid because they are with a group of friends. This includes smoking, doing drugs, and taking other risks. Many of them do things that cause harm to themselves and others merely because "everyone's doing it" and they "don't want to stand out." Why is it "normal" that there is a risk of this happening to someone? If you think carefully, what is considered "normal" is strange.