There’s something intrinsically human about denial. We are, after all, probably one of the very few species on Earth conscious of death’s inevitability….and yet we push the reality away (neuroscientists say) 99.7% of the time for most of our lives.
If you can deny your own certain physical destruction, you can deny anything.
The other side of that debased coinage is the flight from reality. Since we came down from the trees, we have been munching, smoking, drinking and injecting stuff with pretty much the sole intention of altering reality. Wine buffs will drivel on about whether a wine is too green or lacks structure, but let’s desist from rationalisation – drink gets you pissed: Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.
Drink up thy Zider, drink upthy Zider/
For tonight we’ll merry be
Roll out the barrel, we’ll have a barrel of…
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