Is being”normal”__whatever that means to you–a good thing , or a bad thing? Neither?
When we think about humans and we give our opinion about a particular person we say he is normal, i.e. physically and mentally sound and healthy.
We do the same thing with plants,animals, insects.
About plants we’ll say, it’s growth is normal, it’s not too large or too small. We always make comparisons, whether it’s an animal or an insect or a human being, we tend to show the difference between each of God’s creation.
As regards humans we do not stop after talking about his, her growth, e.g physical, somehow we also talk about h/s mental growth.
Mental comes into question when someone cannot cope with the learning that takes place among their peers. We find there is a huge gap in their understanding of the same thing, we conclude the eight year old or whatever age we are dealing with takes longer to comprehend even the simplest things, immediately whoever is the person teaching puts the person in a group of other kids who are slow.
This division lowers the self esteem of the ones who are in this group. These kids or students who are labelled slow learners are humiliated, they then start to act up and disrupt the class. We usually ignore them and feel contented to keep them aloof from the rest of the students or kids.
These so called slow learners become a problem for the society, they end up dropping out of school, and get into all kinds of trouble. They are without jobs, either they live on social assistance or do whatever they have to for survival. The society calls them abnormal, they are shunned by everyone.