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VIDEO: This is what happens when you drink and drive . . . OK, not exactly drive


By —— Bio and Archives--September 4, 2017

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The story is that the guy had just nabbed a big business deal. I’m not sure exactly what business deals consist of in communist China, but maybe that’s why he thought it called for such an audacious celebration.

Either way, good on him for the score. I just hope the terms of the deal don’t require him to, shall we say, exhibit any intelligence whatsoever. Because he has none:

Some way alcohol causes you to act in a way you wouldn’t if you were in your right mind. Others say it changes you because it lowers your inhibitions.

I think it’s like mob behavior in one sense: When you’re surrounded by the anonymity a mob provides, you’ll do things you wouldn’t do if you thought your actions would be exposed. That suggests that the true you is not quite the same as the one you exhibit to polite society. If you really want to know a person, find out what they do when they’re sure no one else is looking, or no one knows who they are.

The rest of the time you’re just faking it for public consumption.

Inebriation is a little different because even a totally fake person knows it’s stupid to stand on top of your car dancing while the car is moving with no one at the wheel. I don’t care how insincere and plastic you may be. You’re not going to do something like that when you’re sober because you know it’s insanely idiotic and could get you badly hurt or killed.

But alcohol is just a chemical. It’s not capable of generating thoughts or ideas. Those will have to come from somewhere within you - either the soul or the spirit. So what was the source of the idea this guy had that dancing on top of his driverless, moving car was a good idea?

Your rejoinder might be that a drunk person simply dispatches with the concept of good and bad ideas, and just does whatever impulse suggests in the moment. I get that. But rejecting good judgment is still a decision you make, and the impulse still had to be there in the first place before you could act on it. Whether its origin is spiritual (as I would suggest) or psychological (which I would argue originates in the spiritual, but we can leave that debate alone for now), the fact remains that a chemical can’t think. It simply influences the judgment you make with respect to how you respond to the thoughts that are already there.

So somewhere inside this guy was the desire to dance on top of his driverless car, and in this moment he chose to act on that already existing desire. Just like another drunk person has a desire to punch someone out, or tell off his family, or have sex that will come with all sorts of later regrets.

Anyway, I’m jonesin’ for a Caffeine Free Diet Coke, as I usually am. Enjoy your Labor Day.

 



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