For Friday, March 24, 2017:
For [Marcel] Proust, the great artists deserve acclaim because they show us the world in a way that is fresh, appreciative, and alive … The opposite of art, for Proust, is something he calls habit … a blanket or shroud of familiarity that … dulls our senses …
The trick, in Proust’s eyes, is to recover the powers of appreciation of a child in adulthood, to strip the veil of habit and therefore to start to look upon daily life with a new and more grateful sensitivity.
This … is what one group in the population does all the time: artists. Artists … strip habit away and return life to its deserved glory.
Alain de Botton, HOW PROUST CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE