The Tyranny of Normal/Average

Excerpt from Chapter 2 - Measuring Spirituality

Most people (you too?) are quite satisfied if they have "normal" or "average" test results when their blood pressure and heart rates are measured. But with whom are you comparing yourself? The average person smokes, or drinks, or is stressed out at work. His/her inner tension levels are high.

Benjamin Disraeli's famous quote is applicable here - "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics." He implies that statistics are the worst varieties of lies. I do believe it is a type of lie to ourselves if we think that average statistical results are fine. It is like living in a crime-ridden part of town and claiming my average criminal activities are normal and therefore OK. My opinion is that high average bodily tension measurements show a lack of true caring for the spiritual vehicle (the body). "Normal" or "average" results show that inner peace is a lie. For example, in some studies of people my age (67), the average systolic blood pressure has been over 140mmHg. The average 67-year-old has high blood pressure. But is this healthy? No, of course not. Standard medical advice for those with such a blood pressure would be to get on medication.

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© 2008 by Thayer White
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