For those unfamiliar with internet lexicon, a “Normie” is, well, a normal person. Normies statistically lie around the center of the normal distribution of behavior.
“Normie” is commonly used as a derogatory term to define people who behave according to society’s standards, but I have a more nuanced position on it. Man is a social animal, and societies need stability and standards of behavior, otherwise you only have a liquid amalgamation of individuals with little to no coordination at all. And without coordination, you cannot have simple organizations, much less a civilization.
By definition, the average behavior in any society, no matter what kind of behavior it is, is going to be “Normie”. Therefore it shouldn’t carry any kind of moral connotation. The fact that it does in our current age, and a negative one at that, only speaks volumes on the state of our societies. More on that another day.
But let’s tackle the topic in-depth. How does one become a Normie? I would say you do by passively digesting and assimilating whatever memes (in the largest sense of the term) are popular in a given society.
This means that if you had Normie parents and went to a Normie school, you were a Normie child. And most likely a normie teenager. After all, children mimic their parents and teachers, and teenagers mimic their peers and whatever comes out of pop culture.
Which raises a question: how does one stop being a Normie? I was pretty Normie as a child, but not anymore, so I know it is possible.
I would say three ingredients are required. First of all, you need to have a natural disaffection with Normie society (a trait shared with the BioLeninist crowd). Then you need a minimally decent IQ to be able to think on your own (I personally set that bar at bring able to learn the Trivium). And finally, you need a moment of catharsis, where you realize that following the Normie path will not lead you where you want to. That even includes Normie goals, such as having a well-paying job, a well-endowed girlfriend/boyfriend, and other status symbols.
Can you become a Normie later in life? I have no idea. As far as I know, the plasticity of one’s brain drops around age 12. Maybe you can learn to fake it.
If you could, would it be worth it in our current year?
In the next post, I will analyze the modern Normie lifestyle.