yet another thought-provoking thread on Lines!
…y’all make it too difficult for me to just lurk
real quick interjection about some confusion, first…
i didn’t realize it at first, but now upon rereading carefully, i can see here that @mystasea might not actually be saying there’s any absolute measure of ‘good taste’, since it’s always biased by ‘circumstances’.
i appreciate that observation: there’s no absolute definition of ‘good or bad’, since everything is biased by an individual’s circumstances(it wasn’t obvious in the way it was worded, different people’s circumstances will cause them to taste that wording differently, but i see it that way now(correct me if i’m wrong)).
and aside from that, here’s just my own individual take on the original idea of the thread in regards to ‘taste being a talent or a trap’:
taste seems most refined as we grow into patterns(ego is another pattern, it can trap us into a myopic sense of taste, not necessarily because we always like going down one specific avenue, but sometimes also because all the other darkest alleyways can be too scary). when i was a kid, only had the taste for candy, so i never liked alcohol aside from brandy, cherry, and cider, then grew into all forms of it from there… and then a decade ago, developed gluten-intolerance, so i was almost heartbroken i couldn’t drink most beer anymore, but then i developed more of a taste for Japanese sake and the driest at room temperature so i can enjoy the malt taste of the koji, and savor the bouquet of various flora nuanced within the fermented rice(Kenbishi at room temp is my favorite)
talent can be informed by taste, but true talent would probably break free from it often, because talent is innate(not that you have to be born with it, but it’s more a pattern of the heart and soul than the mind - intrinsic to one’s being). when you’re guided by talent, as opposed to taste, everything and nothing is like ‘dark energy’ to you: the farthest reaches of the unknown shall still feel attractive, whether you have taste for it or not, so long as your talent craves more intrinsic understanding of itself, and so it will if it’s of the truest and deepest in nature.
random thought: i have the deepest respect for ninjutsu, but alas, too scared and weak to acquire the physical strength and daring involved, and too brash and reckless to remain invisible enough for the purposes of infiltration, yet somehow, i’m not so sad to hold this taste for it, without any talent being born thereof, whatsoever