"If normality were normal, everybody could leave it alone. They could sit back and let normality manifest itself, but people, especially doctors, had doubts about normality. They weren’t sure normality was up to the job so they felt inclined to give it a boost. "
Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
In the passage above from Jeffrey Eugenides' epic novel the notions of normal and normality is critiqued as the main character reflects on the changes that he has chosen to reject in an effort to align with his true identity and live the rest of his life accordingly. The veneer of normality, need a boost as the main character puts it in the passage above, is something that essentially gets in the way of that character's identity and the well being that may depend on that clearer sense of self.
The main character's reflections on normality, reinforce a few of the precepts on wabi-sabi. One is that, "Truth comes from the observation of nature," and another is "appreciation of the cosmic order." The effort to revise normality, to revise nature or the cosmic order to something that is consistent and less prone to variety and diversity, does not create something that is normal. It only enforces conformity rather than allowing things to contribute to the variety that exists in nature and is part of the cosmic order.
The pursuit of conformity and order is in direct contradiction with nature and, more importantly, reduces that potential that people and nature possess to create the innovations and wonders that enrich our lives.