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Don't Eat With Your Mouth Full

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The Orsino Dilemma
"Someone who turns up the volume when a piece of music they like comes on is no better than someone who, when a waiter brings them something they find tasty, force feeds it to everyone in the restaurant."

a) Actually they are worse, because at least the food person has the generosity to give away something they like, whereas the music person is helping themselves to more.

b) Not quite as bad, because no one ever died of a music allergy. Besides, music is *meant* to be shared. To think of it as a solitary pleasure is to impose a restrictively Western viewpoint.

c) But the same is true of food, so nix to that argument!

d) Also, music and food are interchangeable in Illyria.

These maunderings were brought to you by having something else to do.

I think I would find being force-fed worse than someone playing music I don't like.

But the basic idea is there - thinking that everyone else will love your tastes smacks to me of the kind of empathy failing which is supposed to go away when babies develop a theory of mind. It's a bit worrying.

I think there's often something more aggressive/needy involved than a mere failure to realise that not everyone will share your tastes. It's more like an attempt to make them like it by force majeure. A bit like when you badger your friends to read a book that you love, but badgering everyone in earshot.