Prenormative is a blog which attempts to experiment with the ground and reasons for the customs and norms, the mores, of our age in various areas. It does this by offering a play between the normative and the descriptive.
The majority of the thoughts written here are in note format and contentions; sometimes outrageous or mocking, at other times they speak as if from someone’s heart and their first-person experience. They are experimental and probing; they excavate for insight.
The thoughts will often bring our prejudices to the foreground; sometimes to defend them; sometimes to criticise them; sometimes demonstrate the contradictions they form when we place them side by side.
At times the thoughts will appear caring, sensitive and lighthearted. At other times they will seem impudent, jolting and mocking. Sometimes you will leave feeling as though you are invited to a dance, but quickly span around until you arrive back to yourself feeling dizzy.
Sometimes you will feel dizzy from the joy you experience in seeing yourself; the same dizziness you experience after a wonderful, heartfelt compliment from someone who means the world to you. At other times you will feel dizzy from the anger and aversion you experience after being betrayed.
To give a satisfactory definition of the concept ‘prenormative’ has been really difficult for me. The best I can muster is a negative definition. The prenormative is that area between the normative and the descriptive (the positive). It is the genuine limit of both and sits between what we witness and what we expect (will, desire etc.).
The aim of the blog is to flirt with that area, with the prenormative. The posts will try to push human nature (and its conception) to its limits using our own conscience, i.e., our relationship to ourselves through our self-image.