I’m not balking. I don’t understand the human phenomenon outside of how I’ve described it. But I’ll keep trying.
(“Not my circus, not my monkeys” keeps coming to mind when I think of issues of taste. This doesn’t mean “equally valid” but rather it means I understand my circus and monkeys and many other circus and monkeys in part, but I may not understand all circuses and monkeys, and some not at all, only acknowledge their existence).
“Domain specific”. I believe that is the phrase I’m looking for. Many, most or perhaps all of these value distinctions are domain specific and will always come from a domain – yet may not always be identified.
So, perhaps one can quantify values from each of several domain’s perspectives surrounding a piece of art or music or whatever the valued item or concept is – and from that a collaborative decision-making processes, which when crystalized is what tradition is as you said.
Perhaps it is the crystallization that makes the difference.