On normies, part 2: How?

In Part 1 I introduced the concept of the Normie. In this part, I will  analyze the modern Normie lifestyle.

What are the characteristics of the modern Normie?

Modern Normies are likely born to a now-divorced couple or a single mother. They spend some time in daycare before going to Elementary school, which is followed by High school. They generally go to college and study a ROI-negative degree, which will likely leave them with a pile of debt they will start paying with low-grade jobs.

Sometimes they manage to get themselves a well-paying job, in which case they enter the age-old hamster wheel of Keeping Up with the Joneses… So they’ll get into debt to buy the latest car (or two) or a crammed apartment in a hip neighbourhood. They won’t have kids because they like expensive vacations too much… or maybe they’ll have one at 35 if their parents are not satisfied with a dog.

They all think themselves to be “above average” with the “average” being their Dunbar environment. They also believe youth is somehow not related to age (“30s are the new 20s”, then “40s are the new 30s”) because they wish they were young forever.

They love “relatable”memes, like the ones starting with “When you do X” or “Remember when X happened?”, because it gives them a sense of belonging. Normies crave belonging. This is why they spend their lives on social media. They are Kaczynski’s “Oversocialized”.

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They also believe that irony/sarcasm/cynicism equals intelligence, for some reason. So they love it.

Their relationship with the mass media is schizophrenic: On one hand, they believe the bullshit spouted by newspapers, talk shows, pop culture idols and Hollywood movies. When an individual or a group is praised or demonized in the media, they immediately assimilate that opinion as if it had always been their own, even if they were told the exact opposite a week ago. But in contrast to the Zealot (ie, the activist) who immediately kickstarts a campaign to eliminate dissent, the Normie never thinks about the repercussions of ideas in their own lives. Ideas to them are mere shibboleths to parrot, mere Pavlovian bells they react to. They can be blatant walking contradictions, and never notice it. That’s why they make the best hypocrites.

Modern Normies come in many flavors: Wagies, Soyboys, Roasties, Hipsters, Chads, Stacies… They might have different preferences in their free time (Soyboys play video games and watch the latest sitcom, Chads go to parties and watch sportsball), and they might have different positions in the status hierarchy. But they all belong to the same hierarchy.

With all being said, is being a Normie worth it? What are the wages of normiedom? What are the opportunity costs? This and more in the final post of this series.

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