“Don’t let anyone ever try to tell you what wine you like, because people have different tastes and we shall honor that.”
This small piece of wisdom has been present in my thoughts ever since I saw John Cleese’s Wine for the Confused about a month ago. The statement is about wine, but the word “wine” can be replaced with anything, or removed altogether. Like wine, life is complex and full of subtleties. “Experts” can try to tell you what you like, but you have to think and decide things for yourself. Are you drinking a wine because someone told you that you like it, because it’s expensive, because everyone else is drinking it, or are you drinking it because you truly enjoy it? Conversely, when we really love something it can be difficult to remember to honor other people’s tastes. Sometimes we need to take a step back, stop pushing our tastes, and let people make up their own minds.