Just how a person spends his leisure reveals a great deal about him. If a
grown man tells me he spends most of his free time watching American Idol and
playing video games, I simply will not consider him the equal of a man
who devotes much time to studying a foreign language, playing the
guitar, or tending to a garden. You can deem me an elitist, but in order
to value some things, we must devalue others: the very notion of
value—inherently comparative—vanishes if we are not willing to make certain distinctions.