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Single Idea 6611

[catalogued under 21. Aesthetics / C. Artistic Issues / 5. Objectivism in Art]

Full Idea

What is food to one may be literally poison to others.

Gist of Idea

One man's meat is another man's poison


Lucretius (On the Nature of the Universe [c.60 BCE], IV.638)

Book Reference

Lucretius: 'On the Nature of the Universe', ed/tr. Latham,Ronald [Penguin 1951], p.150

A Reaction

This seems to be the origin of the well-known saying. This is not relativism of perception, but a relativism of how individuals actually respond to the world. It sums up the position with, say, the operas of Wagner.