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Christopher Hitchens tells us "How To Make a Decent Cup of Tea," HERE.
by Norman Costa
In my American life I have only had a few cups of tea that I found delicious and enjoyable, and mostly in the last couple of years. I never understood the fuss over tea in other parts of the world, notably the United Kingdom. The Pommies are famous, in times of war, for pausing to make tea after they landed an invasion force on a beach head. Remarkably, they would stop for their infusion even before the landing beaches were secure for the next wave.
I thought I understood the national obsessions with tea in China, Japan, South and South East Asia, because I thought it was more tradition and local economics, coupled with ritual and religion (in some cases.) As for why the Russians came to elevate "nice glass tea" to a national drink, second only to vodka, was a total mystery to me.
With my limited and unexciting relationship with tea (almost always tea bags and only occasionally with a teapot,) I concluded the fuss was more about culture, nationalism, and a lifetime effort of coming to believe that one really liked it. Some of you are thinking, "What the hell does he know about tea?" Happily, I have concluded, "Not much."
Armed with the knowledge of my own ignorance, I am ready to pour the tea of knowledge into an empty part of my brain that is reserved for tea. It is proof of God's existence that she knew I was ready to learn about the joys and satisfations associated with imbibing an infusion. When you are ready to learn, a teacher knocks at your door. In my case, his name is Christopher Hitchens, and he would take exception to knowing that he was sent to deliver knowledge, truth, and pleasure by a thoughtful decision from a supernatural curriculum adviser and teacher trainer.
So, how well has he done his job? I will let you know, after a period of apprenticeship and serving others. In the meantime, you may want to critique Chris' lesson plan and instruction notes. You decide if his work was divinely inspired, or if the divine needs some inspiration from yourself.
For any of you Godless people, out there, one might conclude there is nothing supernatural involved in making a good cup of tea, and offer as proof the instruction you received from your favorite auntie when you were only 7 years old. We might learn that the divine spark that was nested in your auntie was lovingly imparted to you in a way that could on be described as spiritual. Now you can share your divine wisdom with the rest of us.