Average is not normal, and shouldn’t be…ever …

I’m sorry, Johnny, your test scores are too far away from the average. You are not a normal student, so we are going to have to adjust something in you to make you normal.

I’m sorry for you, Susie, your baby is too far away from the average (height, weight, whatever measurement you want), while extremely healthy in all respects, they are not normal, so we are going to have to fix that.

I’m sorry, Tom, your income is way too far away from the average.  We are going to ‘normalize’ you.

Far too many measurements we have in our culture are based upon averages of a select group of people.  Take the 120/80 blood preasure ‘normal’.  It is based upon a study of 18 to 21 year old college football athletes (all male) in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s.  Their ‘average’ blood pressure was 120/80.  Sure some were higher, some were lower, but that was the published average.  Now it is the ‘normal’ reading.  WHAT???

What about blood sugar levels, or blood cholesterol, or lipoproteins, or hair follicles, or height, or weight, or BMI, or whatever.  AVERAGE is NEVER normal, EVER.  All I am calling for here is for all of us to T H I N K.

I’m sorry, Albert Einstein, your intelligence is so very far away from average, we are going to institutionalize you because you are not normal.  And you, Thomas Edison, and you, George Washington, and you Nikola Tesla, and you…..

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