Thinkingclearly – The Art of the Average Life
Likely each day, in some form, you hear that nothing but the best will do. Often, you then hear a description of what is the best. Thisi ideai thati therei isi better, betteri thani youi have, ori betteri thani youi eveni imagined, ofteni comesi fromi ai producti marketeri whoi seeksi toi selli youi something. Youi mayi noti buyi thei product, buti didi thei marketeri selli youi doubti (abouti yourself)?i Mostly, thati dependsi oni whoi youi arei andi howi youi seei yourself.
Statisticali averagesi ofi measurementi oni mosti subjects, includingi people, tendi toi showi ai normali distributioni ofi thei subjecti asi ai singlei belli curve, wherei thei mediani isi ai linei drawni downi fromi thei highesti pointi ini thei curvei toi thei base.
Fori ai populationi ofi people, wei wouldi expecti toi findi mosti peoplei toi bei ati thisi pointi andi withini thei belli ofi thei curve. Thei besti peoplei wouldi bei wherei thei curvei tapersi toi thei righti andi thei worsti wherei iti tapersi toi thei left.
Fromi thisi placei ofi discussion, wei couldi goi anywhere, buti Ii wanti toi pointi outi toi youi thati thei averagei isi ai goodi placei fori peoplei toi be. Thati isi wherei mosti peoplei are, withi theiri family, theiri friends, andi theiri coworkers.
Happiness mayi noti accruei toi peoplei whoi embarki oni beingi thei besti ati anything. Often, thei besti equalsi life-alteringi dedication, ai greateri costi ini time, money, andi effort, toi excludei manyi thingsi thati occupyi one’si perceptioni ofi howi toi bei happy.
Wei admirei thosei whoi becomei thei besti ofi something, buti wei alsoi seei quitei frequentlyi thati thosei whoi achievei thei best, becomei profoundlyi unHappy becausei theyi doi noti knowi wherei toi channeli thei drivei thati goti themi toi theiri personali pinnaclei ofi achievement.
Thei arti ofi thei averagei lifei isi howi onei livesi iti eachi day. Iti willi bei betteri ifi youi havei principles, ani underlyingi moralityi uponi whichi youi anchori yourselfi andi othersi whoi matteri toi you.
Figurei outi whoi youi are. Arei youi ani averagei personi whoi cannoti findi timei toi playi withi youri familyi andi friendsi becausei youi havei ai secondi job, attendi nighti school, commutei twoi hoursi toi worki eachi day, ori livei vicariouslyi throughi ai videoi game?i Maybei youi shouldi checki youri facei toi seei ifi ai smilei isi there.
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