The bias of normalcy in a time of insanity

There have been no civil wars in America’s recent past, no cities burned to the ground, and no famines. But there’s no denying that American society has changed in radical ways

I came across the term “normalcy bias” the other day. It refers to a mental habit of assuming that things will continue to function as they normally have. The normalcy bias causes us to underestimate the possibility of a life-changing disaster or a radical societal change. It renders us more vulnerable and less prepared when hard times strike.

If a society goes a long time without experiencing a major catastrophe, then the normalcy bias is strengthened. If history has treated your nation kindly for a long stretch, it’s natural to assume that it will continue to do so.

  • simus1

    The systemic looting of the USA and other poorer countries like ontariostan will get more frantic as the pickings grow slimmer. It ain’t going to be pretty.

  • bob e

    prophetic post ..

  • Shebel

    That was one hell an honest, strait foreward article.
    Unfortunately—It is TRUTH.
    and Nobody wants to hear about that.

  • Alain

    I am not sure that I would call it the bias of normalcy, but the fact remains that due to an easy and good life for the post WW II generations, we have become on the whole a soft and complacent people in the West, particularly in North America. Far too many young people fail to grasp the cost of freedom and now reject the most basic freedom of speech. One cannot ignore either the role played by cultural marxism in this. Cultures that become soft and complacent are incapable of defending themselves from invasion. I cling to some small hope that enough people in North America will wake up before it is too late, but it isn’t looking good especially for Canada.

    • Shebel

      Why don’t you just leave the word ‘Marxism’ out of your conversation and pretend that you are speaking to the’ kids’
      They are the ones that need the message.

      ie— I am so afraid that the only peaceful religion that my Grandkids will ever know –is Islam.

  • Hard Little Machine

    First world, white girl problems. When your personal view of privation is a day without Netflix then anything worse than that is a war crime. I don’t know what to suggest to these people. Every city in the western hemisphere is 7 days away from famine and anarchy. That’s the reserve capacity of any typical modern western city after the lights, water, refrigeration, gas and fuel turn off. 7 days. After 160 hrs it all devolves into something like a zombie apocalypse. The veneer of the last 1,000 years of civilization is an effort to stave off that 7 day gap. Everything that’s an add’r to that is luxury, by definition.