Wisdom on Wednesdays—The normal man and the average man

“The greatest confusion seems to prevail today regarding individualism.  Often our supposedly most intelligent people, often our most revered philosophers, show in their writings that the concept ‘person’ and ‘individual’ are equated.  In common language individualism concerns the various eccentricities without the genius, whilst personalism concerns the genius without the eccentricities.  Or to paraphrase a sentence of Dietrich von Hildebrand, The Normal Man (so rarely seen) is a person; the average man is an individual.”  (1956)


Portrait of a Young Girl, pastel on paper, 14 x 11 in.