Rosemortem: The “eye of the beholder” saying is specifically in reference to the concept of beauty, not art; the two are not mutually exclusive. There is a very applicable Afrikaans saying which, roughly translated, means “they’re not used to anything” – meant to describe people who don’t know any better about something, usually related to their inexperienced taste. If we have no bar to reach and surpass, then there can be no discernment between mediocrity and genius. I for one don’t want to live in a world where we have lost our ability to discern the difference.

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