How affection can be thought of differently.
It may take a lifetime to acquire the affection of your peers one noted person was able to decompose affection into two parts. To Arthur Helps it consisted of pity and admiration and one can see that in order for you to show a fondness towards someone there must be an element of wanting to emulate what the person has done. You would hold him in high esteem and then there is this curious addition of feeling sorry for the person, perhaps because his work has been in vain.
This might have been the case for the work of G.B. Shaw as a member of the socialist oriented Fabian society who tried through his plays to bring attention to the exploitation of the working class at that time among other social problems and contradictions. He was quoted to have said that he was able to get ahead in life even though he received a good amount of affection…“and every step forward has been taken in spite of it” where the it is affection.” Could it have been that he thought affection was a draw back to his cause? There might have been the thought that he didn’t care for any adulation that could come with it just as he didn’t really want the Nobel Prize but in the end accepted it as an honor to Ireland.
Pindar, an early Greek poet made reference to how a small gift when given with adoration can b just as wonderful as a large one. Thousands of years later and people still try to measure their affection through large presents when in effect, that gift if given callously, loses all its splendor. ” Every gift when given, even though it may be small, is in reality great when given with affection” was his quote.