Nobody Realizes
That some People

Expend Tremendous Energy
Merely to be Normal.

~ Albert Camus


1) Laurie Simmons
3) mrs-white.deviantart.com

13 responses

  1. Who’s he calling nobody?

    Still, if he doesn’t think we exist, then whatever we have done has been enough.

    Or maybe he’s guessing – a shot in the dark, like “nobody knows the colour green has seven sides” in the hope that nobody who actually does know that will read his quote and people will think him wise and mysterious.

    Personally I think that most people, most ‘normal’ people, expend huge amounts of energy attempting to ‘be normal’ without themselves realizing what they are doing, without realizing that if they stopped all that stressing, nobody would notice.

    Then there are those who expend even more energy trying to give the impression that they are not as normal as their peers. Just that little bit ‘special’.

    I think it is the wise and mysterious few who have realized how little energy they actually need to expend to convince the unobservant majority that they are close enough to normal to pass unnoticed, and quietly get on with their arcane business in plain sight.

    And you can spot them, can’t you?

    Are you sure?

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    July 22, 2018 at 12:15 PM

    • Perhaps he was talking about those in his immediate circle.

      But what I question is his definition of ‘normal.’


      July 22, 2018 at 12:59 PM

  2. I think in this case, he refers to standards, conformism. I actually feel like that most of the time, and it is exhausting! But as I get older, I don’t care too much anymore. My kinds and I are the normal, les resistants de l’ombre 🙂 But yes, you are probably right!

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    July 25, 2018 at 5:39 AM

  3. Ward Clever

    I think the most energy is expended trying to seem weird enough to be cool, but normal enough to be accepted. Walking that line is hard! Well, not for some of us… lol

    Liked by 1 person

    August 2, 2018 at 8:03 PM

    • What line? Methinks you’ve erased that line long ago!


      August 2, 2018 at 9:06 PM

      • Ward Clever

        Lol perhaps I have, Sister.

        Liked by 1 person

        August 3, 2018 at 1:33 AM

  4. me too

    Liked by 1 person

    August 4, 2018 at 11:58 AM

  5. I enjoy your creativity

    Liked by 1 person

    January 12, 2019 at 9:57 AM

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