William Shenstone (1714 – 1763), an eighteenth-century poet, once remarked that if the public is divided into a hundred parts, the corresponding distribution of talent may be estimated in this way:
Persons of Common Sense: 40
Persons of Wild Taste: 10
Persons of Improved Taste: 5
Just for fun, assuming that this measure was relatively correct during Shenstone’s time, how far do you think this list would differ these days?
But then again, the number for Common Sense was overstated to me.