Cultural normality is an elusive phenomenon but a powerful force.
One meaning of this statement, the meaning I intend, hinges on the word normality. And one meaning of this word is: anything common or regular. But I infer a latent or perhaps more essential meaning from the standard definition. I create a redefinition:
Normality—that which goes generally unnoticed.
Based on this interpretation, cultural normality eludes culture at large. Therein lies its power; we cannot question the particulars of environment or behavior when those variables escape our attention. Once a set of cultural values becomes normal, people with vested interests in those values can exercise power, structure society, and maintain the consent that brings order.
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