Saturday, March 19, 2011

In Vino Veritas

Maybe it takes a person who is inebriated to talk about a subject such as this. Admittedly, I am indeed that...intoxicated. The inevitable result of mixing beer with whiskey with wine. It helps to run posts through "spellcheck." I am of the opinion that alcohol is the oil that loosens our jaws and forces us to say the things we never would under sober restraint. A wise perspective time to time to be sure, however that restraint might cause us to miss the opportunities for veracity which might actually prove to be the most fulfilling moments of our lives. By no means am I suggesting that we make life's bigger decisions under the influence of alcohol, but I am indeed an advocate of letting loose our tongues from time to time in order to obtain true and obsolute honest forthcoming information and opinion. Otherwise we are careful, self-monitoring, walking liars. Perhaps a little revolution every so often is a healthy thing. Our honesty can be a purging experience though it does also need to be tasteful and diplomatic. Therein lies the trouble...finding the line. It has been my experience that the truth might hurt, but it doesn't need to equate to the physical nature of a sledge hammer. In American culture we are taught to "say what we mean and mean what we say" however the "politeness principle" has certainly fallen by the wayside in this. "Liquid courage" might be better yielded to "liquid creativity" in that we still speak with assertive intended meaning but with the fluid eloquence of cognizance (whatever is left available) and the lack of concern regarding ramifications. I also find myself to be the most spiritual when under the influence of alcohol. All inhibitions laid aside and no barriers between...a self left to instinct. To plague our brain might be in fact to clear the mind. I've been forthcoming to people in this condition which has led to benefit and to ill. I think though in both directions it has been to proper benefit and necessity. Maybe Benjamin Franklin was on to something.

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." - Benjamin Franklin

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