So I'm reading Gregory Hays's translation of Marcus Aurelius's meditations and there's a section I'm fairly stuck on. The full section (book 6, section 57) is:
Honey tastes bitter to a man with jaundice. People with rabies are terrified of water. And a child's idea of beauty is a ball. Why does that upset you? Do you think falsehood is less powerful than bile or a rabid dog?
I'm confused because the first 3 lines are things that can be true for an individual even if they're not true in general, and shouldn't make anyone mad. Because bile and rabid dogs are so powerful, they can locally distort the truth. These people aren't lying. But the question seems rhetorical, suggesting that falsehood is more powerful that physical factors.
I guess I'm overall confused how I should be reading this section or what to make of it.