A Truly Wide Taste in Humanity

face in a crowd

The truly wide taste in reading is that which enables a man to find something for his needs on the sixpenny tray outside any secondhand bookshop.

The truly wide taste in humanity will similarly find something to appreciate in the cross-section of humanity whom one has to meet everyday. In my experience it is Affection that creates this taste, teaching us first to notice, then to endure, then to smile at, then to enjoy, and finally to appreciate, the people who “happen to be there.”

Made for us? Thank God, no. They are themselves, odder than you could have believed and worth far more than we guessed.

C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves, pg 37.

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