Anybody who drives slower than me is an idiot, and anyone who drives faster than me is a maniac. So by my standards, that makes me normal, and everyone else abnormal .
Naperville councilman Benny White has the same affliction; he considers himself as the norm. If folks are not doing what he’s doing, then he thinks there is something wrong with them. He did it again during the November 16th city council meeting. Watch and listen as he relates an experience he had in a grocery store:
So if someone is not wearing a mask in a store, he sees that as “are you kidding me”. In White’s circle, what he says, and thinks, and does, is normal. However in someone else’s circle he would be considered “are you kidding me”. If White is in Winterset, Iowa, or Wyoming, or the Dakota’s, or Denmark, or Sweden, or Djibouti, and wearing a mask, chances are somebody in a grocery store, might point to his mask in a quizzical manner and say or think, “are you kidding me”.
The problem with Benny White using himself as the norm, is that he, as a city council member, has the ‘authority’ to help make decisions that can make our lives more miserable, based on nothing more than using his point of view as a benchmark for normal.
So the mind-bending questions are:
- Does Benny White subscribe to “live and let live”? Probably not.
- Does anyone know where Djibouti is (probably not), and what is the capitol? The capitol of Djibouti is Djibouti.