Love and Repetition


If you repeat anything for long enough, you will be brought to love the activity or the object (if the activity is one best characterized by a transitive verb). Say a word aloud many times and its delicate contours will float on the palate rather than sit dully in the mouth, merely tolerated as a means to the end of conveying “sense.” Sway back-and-forth in a swing and suddenly the body will exalt in the pendular movement. Children understand this. This is why they read the same book over and over. They are not “learning.” They are loving.

(from Guide to the Good Life, vol. 3)

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