A Matter of Taste

Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on “I am not too sure.”  H.L. Mencken

During the past few years, this writer has tried to practice, maybe not successfully at all times, what Mr. Mencken talks about in the above quote.  “I am not too sure”, when it comes to moral certainty, has taken me from a knee-jerk reaction to more of any open and accepting viewpoint, or at the very least, an investigating viewpoint. Growing older also humbles one, fully understanding the adage – the older I get, the less I know.

Then there is the matter of “taste”.  Taste in food, in home decor, in music, art, literature, comedy and fashion.

Taste.  You cannot buy such a rare and wonderful thing. You can’t send away for it in a catalogue. And I’m afraid it’s becoming obsolete. ~ Rosalind Russell




Ms. Russell was right!


Photo credit (front page):  By Allan warren (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons


  1. Of all the good looking men that have come and gone in the world, Cary Grant was truly original and wonderful. I don’t know what the hell that’s supposed to be on the right, unless somebody was trying to make the “Back to the future II” prophecised look a reality…ugh.


  2. I definitely agree!

    Also, I was just lamenting to myself recently how terribly people dress nowadays. Whenever I go out in public, I always see at least one person—man or woman—dressed in a manner that makes me either want to shake my head, facepalm, or both. Sigh.


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