I am a tea snob now.
Or a kinder way to say that: I am exploring a new area in which to make finer distinctions, and then comparisons.
This is fundamentally what drives me: To be able to make a distinction where none existed for me previously. And then being able to make a comparison.
From comparisons, I want to make value judgements of what works for me.
"Rooibos or Five Roses™ tea?"
"Red, white or semi-sweet wine?"
"Career-driven family man, or failure?"
All standard questions in my environment.
To make finer and finer distinctions in all areas of life is my survival strategy. Or a kinder way to say that: Being a snob is what allows me to grow.