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By Lou Marzeles

Integrity Literacy 2: The trouble with normal


Last time I wrote about Integrity Literacy and morality.

Here, I discuss normality.

The trouble with normal is, it always gets worse.

That was the lament expressed in a song in the early

’80s that caught my attention (both the song and the

idea). While the reality may not be quite as absolute

as this statement, I believe it’s true the standard of

normality easily devolves toward the lowest common


Of course in some regards, it can be useful to challenge

established norms—just

ask people in China or Venezuela.

Normal sometimes changes in

matters such as gender identity

and politics, and whether that’s

good or not depends on which

side of the issues you stand. But

what w...

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