All my life I have had little interest in being “normal”. Even in my earliest memories of people and things around me, every time I perceived what was normal, I didn’t care for it. All through school, through a mission, through a career, businesses and worldly pursuits I have never wanted to be what the world considers normal.
The word “normal” means “conforming to the standard or common type”, and is derived from the root word “norm” which means average or ordinary.
It would be interesting to take every living person and every attribute they possess and derive an average human being today, so I did some research and with some assumptions came up with this:
Out of 7 Billion people, the average human is 28 years old, looks like a Chinese/Indian mixture, makes less than $12,000 a year, has a cell phone but not a bank account, is not married, has at least one child, has never heard of Jesus Christ, has never attend a religious service, and is hungry right now. That’s the world’s norm.
Nothing I read about in the scriptures promises exaltation to the “normal” of the earth, the “normal” in heart, or those who are “normal” in the testimony of Jesus. For this reason, I have never aspired to normalcy.
Let me think, out of 7 Billion people, there are:
2.7 Billion Christians or 38% or 1 in 3
14 million members of the LDS church = .002 % or 1 in 500
7 million “active” members = .000642 % or 1 in 1000
3 million temple recommend holders = .0004 % or 1 in 40,000
150,000 all-time readers of UnBlogMySoul = .000021 % or 1 in 50,000
10,000 occasional readers of UnBlogMySoul = .0000014 % or 1 in a million
5,000+ people I have met at firesides = .0000007% or 1 in 2 million
600 daily readers of UnBlogMySoul = .000000086 % or less than 1 in 10 million
See how wonderfully abnormal you are?
P.S. All data is approximately correct and subject to my too-long-since-college math.
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