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“If you are not like everybody else, then you are abnormal…”

“…if you are not like everybody else, then you are abnormal, if you are abnormal , then you are sick. These three categories, not being like everybody else, not being normal and being sick are in fact very different but have been reduced to the same thing”
Michel Foucault, (2004) “Je suis un artificier”.

22 thoughts on ““If you are not like everybody else, then you are abnormal…”

  1. Yes, he did put it very well. There is some soft of social pressure that all of us should follow the same path. People who are not like others are rejected. Sometimes, I get amazed how “different” makes people annoyed! How easily society perceives different people as abnormal or sick!

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  2. Yes, this is a great quote. Sometimes it is very difficult to be yourself. In some cases, just thinking differently is viewed as a kind of sickness.

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  3. And when you are in sickness end of spectrum – you’ve seen as really ready for the scrap heap, you’ve listed as frail – as in won’t be here long!

    I’m trying to see myself as different…I just a bit of a wake up call about my hand disabilities when 3 people – not related said they were a “gift” and I should “make peace with them” – not easy when all your life you have tried, usually unsuccessfully to be norm-mode with them!

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  4. Fascinating quote, I am after a book by Foucault that is in the local bookshop but with the title Discipline and Punish I am afraid of being lumped in with all the Fifty Shades crew…horrible!

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  5. Indeed, Foucault’s contribution is immense! I am thinking about some post on his work but interpreting Foucault is not easy task and it might take time.
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