I first became interested in this idea of the average person when I read the book Irrational Man by Carl Jung. And like the World War 2 cockpits, Jung highlighted that there is no such thing as the average person. Average is only an abstract concept that no person actually fits. So anything designed for that average will not really fit anyone…perfectly.
In the Civil War, they moved from hand building each soldier’s uniform to mass producing uniforms, which got us to something a little different than averages – small, medium, large.
So now we have averages of smaller groups but as anyone who has ever gone jean shopping, this helps a little, but not very much (and yet I hear over and over again that people don’t want to take something they just bought to a tailor because it should just fit me…right?!?). The legs are the wrong length, it gaps at the waistline, the lower part fits but the upper part doesn’t. Its really a mess. So sizes, really averages of smaller groups, was a move in the right direction, but its still just averages.
So why do we put up with this average mentality? Is that part of the conditioning of our society? Could it be that we accept average spirituality because our society has trained us to accept averages in all parts of our lives??
I don’t know about you but i’m on the lookout for anything made for the average. I don’t want to put up with averages anymore! But especially not in my spirituality. One-size-fits-all spirituality is dead to me. Long live the “Custom Suited” spirituality that is a perfect fit for the uniquely “sized” me!!!: <grin>
Check out more on the rise of the Average in the 99% Invisible Podcast