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I lived in a bad neighborhood in DC in the 1990s but went to school in a safer neighborhood and then into a school in the suburbs. 

The block I lived on rarely had grass because of the mess of broken alcohol bottles, needles, and dime bags (and very occasionally a shell casing). Several of my neighbors argued sincerely that Malcom X was a race traitor whose murder was justifiable. While most of what I witnessed were scuffles, there was mention of serious crimes and of strong aversion to talking to the police. That was not a universal attitude but it wa... (read more)

That conclusion seems pretty horrifying. While obviously knowledge may be localized, the severity of some consequences seems pretty understandable. It is certainly predictable that adults in a city famous for the crime would know kids may face things like stabbings or less savory incidents. When talking to military personnel, they were perfectly happy to insert caveats and point out that isolation often meant death. While gang members were less inclined to insert caveats, they likewise pointed out death was anticipated and the arson incident and stabbing w... (read more)

I'm not sure if you're misunderstanding or if you're seeking extreme cases and trying to apply more generally. There are certainly some cases where a formal law or expert advice is clear and clearly applicable to your situation.  There are FAR MORE cases where law needs interpretation (formally by judges and lawyers, but also informally by citizens in terms of whether to follow or enforce the letter of some laws). Not only can, but must.  It's not a complete disregard of their wording, but a recognition that the wording is less complex than reality, and therefore is incomplete.  It's (sometimes; let's ignore value signaling and pure hypocrisy for now) strong evidence of the shape of someone's preferences, but it's ONLY that - evidence for you to update on.  For many cases, you can talk to them about it, and use more words to get more information about limits, exceptions, and contextual situations that modify the statements.  That's great.  For many cases, you can't, and need to rely on other clues to modify your interpretation of the over-simple words. Goodness, this is just a hint of the horrors found in an evolved competitive socially intelligent species.

One old technique for training one's mind to see various issues has been to try to argue for the opposing view by yourself. Debate teams also force people to switch sides.

However traditions are cultivated efforts to inculcate ideas and habits, not merely patterns of similarity.

You've made your point that life is full of fluctuations but what is that in reference to? Is it that in reference to the title and claiming that the hypothetical state of "normal" is the equilibrium of well-regarded states or variables and then reminding us of variability?

Is this written against some hypothetical "static world" assumption as if the hedonic treadmill was not well known?

Maybe I don't understand what is going on since I struggle to understand references to "normality" not expressed narrowly (such as "normal range" in hormones is clear but "normal" in violence is not).

Basically exactly that, yeah. But that assumption exists both on a conscious level (in that many people don't consciously realize how much the universe has changed) and on a subconscious level, in that many ways the world currently is feel stable, even if you know they're not.

I suspect some of this is tied into the increasing sense of interdependence and the reality that there are different trust systems that people use. Being bombarded with reminders that you are defendant on people who use very different trust systems is inherently anxiety producing and the increasing pace of information flow is certain to exacerbate that.

Another facet may be that big projects, while rarely economically efficient, may have a psychological grandeur that people crave. Note William James search for a "moral equivalent to war" in that the psychol... (read more)

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Yeah, how do I find a place in the social fabric and build enough of a sense of self-esteem to put myself out there if almost all work that I admire is done by a very small percentage of freakishly talented IP producers that I'm unlikely to ever be a part of? And even if I am going to be one of them, how do I survive the 25 years of hazing society puts me through before I make it there?