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Friday, 29 November 2013

I Drink Therefore I Am

The meaning of life is an issue that many have pondered over the centuries .... few have found a solution that applies to us all, although many have claimed to. Before Monotheism, it was the philosophers of every culture who would consider this question - amongst the Greeks it was questions such as:

  • "Why are we here?",
  • "What is life all about?", and
  • "What is the purpose of existence?"

All these have been asked asked by philosophers such as Plato, and Aristotle, through to Epicurus. In the more modern era, giants such as Immanuel Kant, Jeremy Bentham, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Arthur Schopenhauer, and John Stuart Mill have all asked the questions ....

So when did this all questioning start exactly? Well certainly since men discovered brewing, fermenting, and 'krasí' ('wine'), and then started sitting around camp fires, or in huts. Conversations like 'drop of good stuff lads, makes life worth living', and then followed the next morning, by the clutching of their heads and asking the real questions; 'Where am I', and 'Why am I here', and finally 'Is life really worth living?" ... well at least until the hangovers wore off and the cycle of philosophical drinking started again.

Monty Pythons Philosophers Song May Have The Meaning Of Life

So while its easy to see why such questions were first asked, its much harder to determine if anyone ever came up with an answer (apart from maybe to say stop drinking) ..... perhaps 'Monty Python' got it right after all.

♪♪ Immanuel Kant was a real pissant
Who was very rarely stable
Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar
Who could think you under the table
David Hume could out-consume
Schopenhauer and Hegel
And Wittgenstein was a beery swine
Who was just as sloshed as Schlegel

Oh there's nothing Nietzche couldn't teach ya 'bout the raising of the wrist;
Socrates, himself, was permanently pissed!

John Stuart Mill, of his own free will
On half a pint of shandy was particularly ill
Plato, they say, could stick it away
Half a crate of whiskey every day
Aristotle, Aristotle was a bugger for the bottle
Hobbes was fond of his dram
And Rene Descartes was a drunken fart
"I drink, therefore I am".

Yes, Socrates, himself, is particularly missed ....

A lovely little thinker, but a bugger when he's pissed! ♪♪

....... in other words "I drink therefore I am" 

3 comments:

  1. From the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy :
    "Philosophers for example argue that they are very much concerned with the problems posed by real life, like for instance, what do we mean by 'real', and how can we reach an impirical definition of 'life' and so on. "

    There is no meaning to life that's why there's been no satisfactory answer; we're here due to a quirk of chemistry and evolution. Stuff happens, try to be a good person, if you've never made a mistake you've never made anything, etc.
    A lot of people are looking for complicated or deep answers which will justify their messy lives.
    Eat less if your too fat, it's not rocket science.

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    1. No one is going to argue with 'Vroomfondel' about philosophy, or the contents of the 'Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy' .... (I looked your name up, after another commenter alluded to the connection with the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy LOL).

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    2. "That's right! We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty."

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