“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” – Ernest Hemingway
Why is that? I think that the more we know and the more we understand, the less content we become with ourselves and society. This is because we learn that life could be different and we can afford to provide everybody with their needs and contribute to global happiness. The saddest part is most of the people with this view fail to act on it. Instead they choose to be blinded or to focus on the negative. They need the motivation and the drive to do something. When people are truly passionate about a cause, that passion in itself intoxicates them.
We used to say in school: “I don’t need drugs. I’m high on life.” Not everyone can do that however, so some of us will choose a glass of wine. The point is to be and stay drunk. If it doesn’t fuel you into action, at least it will place a hazy wool over your eyes so that you cannot see and you drown in your own ignorant bliss.
I am in no way encouraging alcoholism and drug use, but I hope this somehow makes sense. Here is the English translation of one of my favourite poems.
Be Drunk by Charles Baudelaire:
You have to be always drunk. That's all there is to it – it's the
only way. So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that breaks
your back and bends you to the earth, you have to be continually
But on what? Wine, poetry or virtue, as you wish. But be
And if sometimes, on the steps of a palace or the green grass of
a ditch, in the mournful solitude of your room, you wake again,
drunkenness already diminishing or gone, ask the wind, the wave,
the star, the bird, the clock, everything that is flying, everything
that is groaning, everything that is rolling, everything that is
singing, everything that is speaking... ask what time it is and
wind, wave, star, bird, clock will answer you: "It is time to be
drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of time, be drunk, be
continually drunk! On wine, on poetry or on virtue as you wish."