What is “normal” in the “whole world?” Is it “reliable comprehension of reality?” Or is it 'belief-bound mis-appraisal according to instruction by the authorities?
And who are the “authorities?” Aren’t they just those quoted by… the media?
I got my first college degree in Journalism and Political Science. I used it to bamboozle the media into hoodwinking the majority of the property-owning voters in a major city to stand still for a redevelopment scheme that would have cost each one of them several hundred – to many thousands of – dollars in property taxes over the next 30 years. And had not Howard Jarvis come up with Proposition 13 a few years later to put the kybosh on that ■■■■, they would have had to pay it.
And believed in what I was doing because the “good guys” paid me to do it.
I understand now that we live in a pyramid-shaped cult-ure controlled by the consciously cynical at the top manipulating the increasing un-conscious “normals” on the lower levels of the bricks that make up that societal structure. But I had to acquire an understanding of “structuralism” (from informed people like our very own @Sarad , btw) to grasp that.