The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.

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Obamacare, mental health, and what is normal anyway?

June 30, 2012

When you work in mental health the question of what is and isn’t normal always floats in the back caverns of the mind, waiting for another opportunity to ask itself. A more interesting question is, “Why do people put up with so many things that a sensible and even partly compassionate person knows is not normal?”

According to Miriam Webster normal means: 

1. in accordance with a rule or principle; not deviating from a regular pattern

2. occurring naturally and not due to an illness, vaccine, or experiment

3. of average development or intelligence, well-integrated and balanced functioning of an entire organism, and sane

4. a solution with one gram equivalent of solute per liter, with a straight-train structure,  no basic or acid hydrogen, and not associated (as in “normal molecules”).

To rephrase, normal is sustaining regular patterns according to certain principles. The principles and patterns occur naturally, building and sustaining balanced organisms; anything that messes with this is insane.

(The fourth Miriam definition of normal is not included since many of us don’t know the difference between basic or acid hydrogen, and think a straight-train is one on its track.)

This (straight) train of thought started when looking for the status of mental health in ObamaCare which led to some frustration that led to the thought, “This is insane.”

Sanity would be a new health care plan, or any legislation, written in straightforward, plain English.

This has nothing to do with morality or making research easier. It is about being normal, the balanced functioning of a government system that affects the balanced functioning of a bunch of organisms (us).

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