Taste Unlimited

Not only is there no accounting for taste there is no defending it either.  The liberating winds of personal preference are one of the chief protections from the suffocating arrogance of the herd.  Don’t waste your time explaining or defending your tastes, just enjoy them for what they are; you may be benefiting more from their simple essence than you realize.  In his book The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis puts these words into the mouth of a demon who is trying to engineer the downfall of a man:

The man who truly and disinterestedly enjoys any one thing in the world, for its own sake, and without caring twopence what other people say about it, is by that very fact forearmed against some of our subtlest modes of attack. You should always try to make the patient abandon the people or food he really likes in favor of the ‘best’ people, the ‘right’ food, the ‘important’ books. I have known a human defended from strong temptations to social ambition by a still stronger taste for tripe and onions.”


4+11 = A Sad Circumstance

The young petite blonde hardly looked the part. Six felony charges against her. She stole from her employer. She used the company credit card to buy makeup. Makeup. Taking the stand on her own behalf, she stood and admitted her crimes. Admitted lying about her theft. The defense asked for leniency and pointed out she was a first time offender – not even a traffic ticket. When she stood to take the oath you could see something else. The 20 year old was 4 months pregnant.

Arguments from prosecution and defense. She paid some restitution. She lied to police. She made a mistake. Her employer suffered a big loss. Stand up. Judgment. 10 years per felony all suspended except for 11 months. And just like that she goes through a door away from everyone and everything. A baby will be born to a prisoner. Life and freedom and judgment and punishment. Temptation and fall. The story of our world told in 15 minutes in a circuit courtroom. Our sad circumstance.