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The bell curve

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Looking at virtually everything in life you will see that the bell curve can and does occur universally. From our galaxy and beyond, to the pattern of mold found in that one container in your refrigerator, the bell curve applies. Though we tend to think of them as such, bell curves are not exclusively reserved for grading or valuing people’s performances and attributes. For example, there are many trees in a forest and many different kinds of trees. If you look at their distribution you’ll find that trees of the same kind occur, smallest to largest in a bell curve as does the pattern of distribution for all trees. Or look at waves on a beach; not only are waves as they come ashore shaped like the curve against the curved shape of the shore, but the waves roll in in a bell curve pattern too: each seventh wave is larger than the others. The waves in between are not all the same size either but graduated largest to smallest then smallest to largest. Even the whole planet exhibits evidence of the curve with the solstices and equinoxes – the day/night changes happen fastest toward the solstices and slowest toward the equinoxes as with the swing of a pendulum. But it’s true – the bell curve does apply to behavior and mental tasks as well as the physical world. What we need to keep in mind is that although we all fit somewhere under a bell curve, that’s an interesting fact but not really important. It just is. We tend to let physical and mental testing play way too important a role in our lives, especially when measurement against a bell curve is involved. There are progressively stronger reactions (bell curve again) by the people at either end of the imposed curve that create standards no one could live up to. Nothing else, plants, animals, or stone even react to the naturally occurring curve.  We should ignore the bell curve when there are attempts to use it to categorize us. But we can admire the beauty of the curves that remain when the attemtps to categorize them are denied. Would you rather be categorized or enjoy the beauty of the bell curves all around you?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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