You’re eating a dish for the first time. Â It’s one of the best meals you’ve ever had. Â In between each bite that you’re shoveling into your mouth, you praise the cook over and over. Â ”Please stop. Â You’re flattering me. Â Also, chew with your mouth closed,” the cook says. Â Anyway, you start to pace yourself and actually eat a little like a civilized person. Â You start to inquire about what ingredients make up this fraction of heaven. Â “Mushrooms?!” you exclaim, “I have never liked mushrooms. Â I don’t want this anymore. Â I don’t like it.” You wipe your mouth, and excuse yourself from the table.
What’s wrong with this scenario? Â Well, it may be hyperbolized a bit, but we do this a lot with music, movies, literature, and other works of art.
I thought the movie was great until that one part at the end when this happened. Â That doesn’t really jive with me. Â I don’t agree with stuff like that. Â So, yeah, the movie totally sucked.
Ew. Â Most of the people that like that are:
Therefore, I do not like it. Â Yeah, we don’t ever say that, do we? Â We might think it, though. Â What appeals to our taste may not be solely up to the form, style, structure, and sensation of the work in general, but may have to go down a checklist of expectations, assumptions, and prejudices as part of our demands. Â Is it right? Â I don’t know. Â All I’m suggesting is that, perhaps, being this way causes us to miss out on a lot. Â We’re probably not as open-minded as we think we are.
I want to explore this discussion further.
Can you think of any examples?
Maybe you or someone you know has disliked something not on form or style, but based on context?
Principle, faith, ideals, past experiences, types of people involved, culture, the popularity of the subject, the ridicule they’d receive if they admitted to liking it, etc.