Man’s real work is to look at the things of the world and to love them for what they are. That is, after all, what God does, and man was not made in God’s image for nothing. The fruits of his attention can be seen in all the arts, crafts and sciences. It can cost him time and effort, but it pays handsomely. If an hour can be spent on one onion [which the author just finished doing in the book], think how much regarding it took on the part of that old Russian who looked at onions and church spires long enough to come up with St. Basil’s Cathedral. Or how much curious and loving attention was first expended by the first man who looked hard enough and the insides of trees, the entrails of cats, the hind ends of horses and the juice of pine trees to realize he could turn them all into the first fiddle. No doubt his wife urged him to get up and do something useful. I am sure that he was a stalwart enough lover of things to pay no attention at all to her nagging; but how wonderful it would have been if he had known what we know now about his dawdling. He could have silenced her with the greatest ripost of all time: Don’t bother me; I am creating the possibility of the Bach unaccompanied sonatas.
The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection by Robert Farrar Capon – p. 19