I have written articles about the fact that, in our society today, normal has become abnormal and vice-versa, here and here.
This present write-up shares the same title. It only means it in a slightly different sense. Enjoy please.
Anytime from 7pm everyday, my neighbourhood comes alive with vibes from generators of all kinds and sizes.
I live in a flat that is part of a two-story block of six flats. Every flat has it’s own generator. You can imagine the blend of
sweet sounds you get when all generators from the six flats are on.
Behind my house is a big church. Even though I’ve never actually set eyes on their generator, I can tell it’s a big generator that runs on diesel. It know it’s sound.
Of course over time, you get accustomed to the noise and it becomes normal. Quiet becomes abnormal. The day before yesterday, I was with a couple. We were sharing about the situation of things in the country when he shared a joke:
A Nigerian travelled to a country where power supply was constant. Every night, he found it difficult to sleep. The doctors checked him, took his history, ran tests and found that he simply could not sleep because his new environment was too quiet. His “treatment” simply was a
soft music noise CD that played him recorded noise from generators anytime he wanted to go to bed. From the very next day, the “patient” found his sleep.
Bizarre as it sounds, the above was probably a true life story. It could have happened.
I have had similar experiences:
I had been so used to poor internet services that I was literally irritated when I had a fast connection. I mean, fast wasn’t just right.
I had been so used to a poor power supply that when I moved to an area of town where the power wouldn’t go out for days, I could begin to feel sick.
For the fact that we’ve experienced bad national leadership as a nation for decades, we’ve come to take it (bad leadership) as normal. I’ve heard citizens say they are OK with public officials embezzling funds as long as they “just do something” to help the masses “no matter how small.” Pray, are those not the kind of ideas that emanate from a sick mindset?
Nigerians have become so used to abnormality. We have come to terms with poverty, unstable power supply, bad roads, bad leadership, corruption, lack of security etc.. We just laugh through it all. Despite all the ills, we still found a way to be ranked the happiest people in the world.
I imagine that when the situation improves and things finally become fixed (if they do get fixed), we wouldn’t initially enjoy them because they wouldn’t be things we’re anymore familiar with. It would take some getting used to.