Sunday, January 15, 2006

Appreciation: The First Love

From The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis, on the subject of Appreciation, the First Love:

The people with whom you are thrown together in the family, the college, the mess, the ship, the religious house, are from this point of view a wider circle than the friends, however numerous, whom you have made for yourself in the outer world. By having a great many friends I do not prove that I have a wide appreciation of human excellence. You might as well say I prove the width of my literary taste by being able to enjoy all the books in my own study. The answer is the same in both cases--"You chose those books. You chose those friends. Of course they suit you." 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 every day. 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.


At 1:22 AM, Blogger Paul Niederer said...

Enjoyed your post.

Liked your mention of Human Excellence.

A guy whose blog I follow, Shane Ellis, also writes about "Human Excellence" and he has written recently about it in at least four posts of his. One in particular, Manyanna Magic, is a personal story from Fiji that dosent need a background in NLP to understand about Manyanna time!

You can find the Manyanna article here.

Manyanna Magic


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