Friday, January 11, 2008

Do our Preferences Define us?


When I develop a liking for something that was outside my area of interest I am always amused. I ponder on how we often mention “taste” so matter-of-a-factly. How we say things like: I like pop music, hate romance novels, and adore abstract paintings as a mean of self introduction. Is taste a fact, a choice, or an accumulation of things we have come to know through our day to day experience? Does taste define us, or does it define our limitation?


*on a personal note, happy semester to all school lovers out there. I do like school by the way. Don't judge me =P

7 comments:

أبو سنان said...

I love school too. If someone would pay me to go to school forever, you can bet I would.

I think taste is usually just an accumulation of our experiences to a particular point. As I have experience more, my tastes have changed.

When I was a child I listened to classical music exclusively, but then I was introduced to rock and punk rock, so these were added to my tastes.

When I traveled the Middle East and North Africa, I got into music like Fayruz, Amr Diab and the like. So once again, these were added to my tastes.

The less experience you have, the less wide ranging your tastes are bound to be. The more experience you have, the more broad your tastes are going to get.

I have been all over the world and I love that I can talk to almost anyone from anywhere about a subject and find common ground.

For me taste is not much more of how much experience you have and just how open you are to letting those experiences influence your life

Hning said...

How should we describe it?

Can we go talking about the formation of taste from the literature of personality and social psychology?

Should we go on talking about personal freedom and boundaries that the subconscious refuses to submit to?

Should we go on with what the logic has provided for books to validate and what civilization has approved of?

Personally, and here again personal prefrence brutally exposes itself through and through, taste is the moment where substance rolls on your senses before you decide whether to spit or swallow.

And it never fails to amuse everytime you decide to swallow something new, doesn't it?
:D

Trevelyana said...

I judge people by their taste.
For example, if you like Republicans, it's all over.

Aysha said...

Abu Sinan,
You are such a quotable person ^_^
"The less experience you have, the less wide ranging your tastes are bound to be. The more experience you have, the more broad your tastes are going to get."

"taste is not much more of how much experience you have and just how open you are to letting those experiences influence your life"

Beautiful, that there's nothing to add!

Aysha said...

hning,

I read your comment and thought "The Gods are punishing me for asking too many questions!" :P

Aysha said...

Trevelyana,
The other day I was talking to an American advisor, and wondering why the parties in the States are becoming so well defined, chategorizable, and extremist. She agreed to that, and said that this situation has reached its peak in American history.
Seriously, I feel like parties have become more of a religion issue....
So let me hammer you with my new definition of American Parties: Are you judging people by their religion? :P

Muneeb Saeed said...

i thnk they define us.. since our favourite things, our favourite songs, food, books, activites make us who we are..

and aren't those favourites lead investigators to our ID?