The Normal Thing To Do

It is not normal to experience something paranormal. Or is it? Even though the word paranormal is one of those very general terms that encompass all sorts of different experiences, it is still used to refer to something extremely out of the ordinary. Not just one of those “well look at that” events – something much more unusual.

You can delve into any of the divergent areas of paranormal studies and find a plethora of documentation including personal experiences, opinion, psychological examinations, video and audio evidence – practically anything and everything. And there are hundreds of thousands of people interested enough to devote their time to study and investigation.

The paranormal is alive and well, steeped in experiences we label as being not normal – out of the ordinary, non-standard, irregular, uncharacteristic, atypical, anomalous, strange, aberrant, or down right peculiar. Stuff like that is not often worthy of being taken seriously, right?

Well, then what is normal?  Normal is something that is usual. It is even described as being healthy. It occurs naturally – is typical and customary, common and conventional, routine, and regular. Nothing paranormal in that lot, is there?

For this trip through the dictionary to be helpful you need to factor in real life. Normal might include laundry or pizza – the need to eat, penicillin, and even politics. Normal also includes a bunch of stuff that doesn’t fit the definition. Things like theft or murder. Not traditionally typical activities, crimes are considered a normal occurrence by most of us. Of course, I realize you could make a case to the opposite, but in many parts of society, theft and murder are the staples of the local civilization. Normal.

Things that are not normal include: spirits, mists, orbs, aliens, demons, chupacabre, bigfoot, moth men, and swamp creatures. And even these things become quite normal when you put them on television.

Put together a show about EVP and a certain number of people will sit there and watch it just as calmly and contently as if it were all about babies or strawberries. But! Play an EVP for someone you know. In your living room, or his. Hand someone a pair of headphones and say “listen to this,” and suddenly it’s not so normal. I can tell you honestly, I have lost friends over EVP. I didn’t notice right away – I just thought they got busy and couldn’t manage to answer their calls on a regular basis. It took awhile before I put two and two together. I should have seen it in the eyes. I should have noticed that slightly panicked look they threw at me – the one that wonders if I am in league with the devil. Who, by the way, has never been normal.

You might think that those same folks who gleefully watch television shows about man-eating half tiger, half giant-lemon people would be able to handle EVP. But apparently, when face to face with one, they cannot. You would think it would even make you kinda cool, right? But no. What they see on TV is not real to them, so the very second someone brings in the truth, people like me become lepers.

Well, leper might be a bit strong, but in varying degrees, things paranormal become things not normal really quick. Forget the fact that the paranormal has been with us since the beginning. Pay no attention to that shadow figure in the corner. Ignore the screaming voices coming from the attic. Don’t over-react to that little short man in the grey alien costume with the large shiny needle.

If all of mankind met in one place and was asked to raise their hand if they’ve ever had a paranormal experience of some kind, over 85% of the world’s population would be waving. And yet paranormal is not normal?

There’s always been paranormal stuff. In fact, every mainstream religion celebrates some kind of spiritual entity within its dogma. We huddled together in caves because we were once afraid of the dark, for God’s sake. You might as well give in to it, the spiritual world is all around you – there’s proof of it. Lots of proof, so wake up and smell the ectoplasm. There are even multiple, alternate universes. Entire universes! All those things that go bump in the night are really going bump in the night – somewhere. Some of us have seen them. Many of us have heard them, and most of us believe in them. So what’s so damned abnormal about them?


They’re as much a part of life as chocolate or cheap perfume. The paranormal spends time in our attics, kitchens, and bedrooms – probably watches Celebrity Ghost Story with us; chuckles when we freak out and need to leave the lights on all night. Some part of the paranormal is around in some capacity every second of every day. Sounds pretty normal to me. So, seriously… next time you see my name come up on your phone, pick it up and say hello. That would be the normal thing to do.


4 responses to “The Normal Thing To Do

  1. Oh I don’t know. I have a kind of phopia with phones, and for sure with answering them if I’ve never talked to you before… so I might not answer until after a voice mail. And even then, when I call you back the anxiety starts up. 🙂 Is THAT paranormal?

  2. That’s why I don’t much like the term ‘paranormal’. I don’t even think of my experiences that way because they are so much a part of ‘normal’ life. It is just an unfortunate word we are kind of stuck with for now.

    • You feel the way about “paranormal” that I feel about the word “ghost.” “Ghost” has always felt insulting to me for some reason – can’t shake it, so I always use “spirit” instead.

      • I’m guilty of using “ghost”, but I refuse to accept the term “ghost hunter”. I’ve heard you rant about that one, too. 🙂

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