Average Joe – The Mindset

Average Joe isn’t a person. It isn’t even a persona. It’s more of a mindset, but more than that, it is becoming a movement. So just what is this Average Joe thing?

Average Joe is, simply put, a movement to instill more common sense into a population that has replaced it with knowledge. We rely far too much on the specialized knowledge we acquire from various sources, and pay little attention to what actually makes sense.

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We all possess common sense, we just don’t always apply it. And, of course, everyone has their own idea of what constitutes common sense. Personally, I like to think of it as self evident truths. Even if someone does not realize it at first, when it is pointed out to them, they cannot help realize the inherent truth. Others have different ideas. Albert Einstein is quoted as having said, “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.”

I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t exactly chocked full of common sense at the age of 18. I dare say that most kids are not overly endowed with common sense at that age either. I understand what Einstein is getting at here. Obi Wan put it best, in the third installment of the Star Wars series, when he told Luke, “Luke, you’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view”.

A quick glance at any governing body will prove this. From your local home owners association, to congress, to the United Nations, they are all glaring examples of this principle. Name your topic, and you will be hard pressed to find any two people who are in full agreement about it. Each side will be completely convinced of what they hold to be the truth, while viewing the other side as ignorant.

The Average Joe book series will not shy away from the hard topics. As a matter of fact, the second volume, and the first to tackle an issue, is all about the ridiculousness of the argument revolving around Global Warming. The entire debate has gotten so far out of control that it has become a mockery of itself. This is just the sort of thing this book series likes to point out, those times when common sense has been thrown out the window either by ignorance or for political expedience.

This week will have seen the publishing of volumes 3 and 4 of the Average Joe series with 5 and 6 to follow close behind. You can find all the titles via my author page on Amazon. To keep track of new releases as they come out, either subscribe to this RSS feed vie the link in the sidebar or like my page on Facebook.

Everyone has a little Average Joe in them. Common sense is just a skill that can be learned like any other, even though some people seem to gravitate toward it more easily. Are you tapping into your inner Joe?