While many agree what culinary delights taste good or bad, poor taste seems up for grabs. Is poor taste all in the eye of the beholder?
Is keeping up with the Joneses or striving to surpass them part of human nature? Growing up, my parents taught me excessive show of wealth is in poor taste. Not that I don’t enjoy Ferraris and Alfa Romeos, automobiles I once sold, but what is the point of driving the showiest vehicle on the road? To elevate yourself, while making others feel inadequate? Or simply for the joy of steering a sleek, fast machine?
Another practice that irked my parents was name-dropping, and people who donate large sums of money to erect stadiums and buildings that are named after them. Not many Anonymous Donors anymore. One-upmanship abounds.
Years ago, my husband bought me a fake fur coat that looks so real heads turn. My husband loves me in it, but even on the coldest winter Sundays I can’t bring myself to wear the flashy garment to church. I even feel awkward wearing it to the opera. Am I silly to care so much what other people think of me?
The Amish come to mind. They are admonished not to outdo each other. Although many are more financially successful than others, they show each other courtesy and are cautioned to not be prideful. Since they dress plain, no chance for designer labels or gobs of gaudy jewelry. Yet, they are the first to admit they struggle with many of the same issues as we do. I wonder what they are. Any thoughts?
Am I judgmental when I see something I think is in poor taste and cringe or shake my head? Such as grown women wearing skimpy tops with plunging necklines and exposed tummies to the grocery store.
What is a practice you consider in poor taste? When does poor taste merge into rudeness or disrespect?
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