Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Smith seems to believe that what people love about life or, in a more narrow sense, taste is surprise, complexity and unique experiences. I would agree in some part by pointing out that those who seem to fully enjoy life avoid stagnation by actively participating in things and by finding new experiences for themselves. Although I do not think that this holds true in all circumstances. After all, can you really boil down the specific tendencies of the human race into one always present truth? I don't think so, and especially when it comes to taste I believe you can find many who enjoy a simple, consistent, never changing flavor. Consider an old man you might know who's been drinking the same cheap beer for over 30 years. It is what makes him happy and any attempt to get him to try something a little hoppier would end in vain. I'm sure there are many other examples out there. Some enjoy a simple, consistent taste just as much as some enjoy a complex, ever changing one. Can you really say there is an objective truth out there in terms of taste and what is best?