What I AM impressed by is quality. Particularly as regards high artistic value. Beautiful prose, moving poetry, rousing music, exquisite food, witty conversation, sublime landscapes, gorgeous sculpture, captivating painting, honest photography… And alongside intellectual enjoyments, there are of course the physical pleasures – be they induced through exercise, eroticism, consumption – each is as valid an experience of joy as any other.
My problem with “excess” as attractive is the way it numbs individual experience. If events are ranked by number and number alone, each one event loses importance… and if, culturally, society rewards those who seek faster, bigger, better, more frequent experiences – whatever they are – every experience any one person has at any time is intrinsically devalued. Which isn’t fair. An experience’s enjoyment should never derive from ones ability to anecdoteally combine it with others at a later date, an experience’s enjoyment should come from the act – whatever act it is – itself.