Saturday, September 08, 2007

Sobriety = Sully more Badass than you

It happens all the time. In the midst of some good ol' fashioned drunken revelry, a dear friend or even borderline acquaintance will catch my perma-sober-grimace contrasting with the present company, and ask me, nay - pester me with the question; "Sully, why don't you drink?".

Generally, I deflate their interest by saying 'it's a long story' or 'I have many reasons', before deflecting their attention onto a carelessly unattended receptacle of alcohol, but I do, on occasion address the question head-on, depending on the level of coherence the querier exhibits.

Just now, I stumbled across this interesting video featuring James Randi; debunker of paranormal claims, in which he reflects on his teetotalling antics with the kind of eloquence I wouldn't get away with in a roomful of sauced-up peers.

"I want to be as sure of the world - the real world around me as is possible. Now - you can only attain that to a certain degree, but I want the greatest degree of control. I've never involved myself in narcotics of any kind, I don't smoke, I don't drink, because that can easily just fuzz the edges of my rationality,- fuzz the edges of my reasoning powers, and I want to be aware as I possibly can..."

Given that I have yet to meet a person in my existence who shares even the slightest bit of my personal philosophy, it means a lot to me to stumble across such utterances from respected men.

So there you have it; another insight into the life of Sully. And much like those dear, drunken yobs that I happily call my friends, I expect this to have slipped from your mind in less time than it took me to type this entry.

Regardless of whether you're completely superstitious or a total sceptic, this video will interest and entertain you.


Mega said...

Sometimes its tough always being the most aware as is possible, sometimes after a long day theres nothing better than 'fuzzing the edges' a little

Epic Fail Guy said...

Hi Seán ... I was looking on Google for more explanation about the Amazing Randi's attitudes towards drugs when I found this post. I saw the same video today and it really struck a chord with me, too. Just letting you know, this makes at least three!

Jason said...

This is an old post, but I had to comment on it. That's a good reason, but it's just one out of many. Everything is better without habitual boozing. Clear head, positive energy, better health, more money, more brain cells, more accurate perception of the world, less regrets, more memories, better ability to relax naturally, more fitness, more genuine fun, no dependence on alcohol to socialise, no beer belly flopping over skinny legs, more time shored up to devote to important things, and more optimism and general well-being. That is the secret most hardcore drinkers don't seem to know. So, I'm done with it. I have no problem with the occasional beer, glass of wine or champagne, but regularly getting pissed in a pub- fuck that shit.

And the continual "why don't you drink" is a pain in the ass if they persist. A guy recently said to me something to the effect that if you don't drink regularly you're weird, cuz everyone drinks. Here's a quote, from someone called Jiddu Krishnamurti,
"It's no measure of health to be well accommodated to a truly sick society".
Good quotes ftw