There is a term used in environmental research, I just think about it a lot: shifting baselines. The marine biologist Daniel Pauly has it, he described the phenomenon that the Definition of what is, for example, a “normal” fish that move from Generation to Generation, because the Knowledge of what was centuries ago, is simply lost. Each generation of Researchers set a new reference point against which the development is to be matched, and construct a new normality, imperceptibly moved. This is true not only for scientists, but for everyone in the world: The extinction of species, for example, for hardly anyone really personally felt – okay, 50 years ago, more dead critters have glued to the windshield, but otherwise? And that the summer will be warmer – it’s gorgeous!

Meike Winnemuth: to make it short

Meike Winnemuth writes columns, since you can recognize the letters, since 2013, also for the star. Long as they had a colossal inferiority complex compared to authors who can do 900-page Tome. In the meantime, she has resigned to the fact that it is a text Sprinter with short-range brain, and is committed to the Northern German Motto “Not long time”. If she struggles, however, to a proper book, the crazy a Bestseller on how to your travel book “The great Los. How I won with Günter Jauch half a Million and just drove off”.

the phenomenon of shifting baselines, the collective shift in Perception, of course, gorgeous on almost anything to apply, what you can observe in society and politics. Changes creep in mm way into the consciousness (if at all); what yesterday was unthinkable, today is completely a matter of course. What is normal is defined steadily.

The ever-changing Definition of normality

My own baselines shift from year to year faster, so it seems to me. I’m always ready to keep everything to normal. Most of it is Yes also completely irrelevant: That the girl to paint eyebrows with a black Sharpie on the forehead (and if we are already at the end: the storm lashed the faces of Dieter Bohlen and Carsten Maschmeyer), which were always unsäglic more names of the back (Kartöpfelchen, Dinkelkrusti, fan, grain thief, Zimtwuppi, Bread Pitt – I’m reading now and say: “two, please”) and all the other strange accompaniments of everyday life – as a gift. Can be normal, it can at least do no harm.

Worse, the habituation effect, if it is a number larger, and thus more dangerous. With each house vote in the Brexit-Chaos is normal. It is calculated already with the insanity, he is expectable and normal. The tax morality of the billions of companies, the Fuck-you-attitude of the car industry, the more comprehensible use of Nazi expressions of self, such as “lying press” – it is dismissive, in the meantime, just tired. Man, you know so, wat are you gonna do. The excitation willingness to suck continuously, the set has surprised a long time ago. No one excites more seriously about another Twitter message from Donald Trump. Shrug, more – downright grateful that the man has broken no war from the fence. The shifting baseline is to expect the worst and to be at the entrance of the second-worst easier.

It is arranged continuously, thanks to shifting baselines

The human ability to come to terms with things you can’t change, and the softness, to new developments, is actually a gift from God. You would almost be crazy, it would be different. But I note that the shifts in the reference system is no longer sneaking, but gallop. 26 percent of young adults in the East and 23 percent in the West, according to a survey in February that there should be “a strong leader”, “the do not need to worry about parliaments and elections” . Less than half of the respondents liked this statement, “do not agree at all” . New Normality? Seriously? Long me has frightened, nothing more.