Be Drunk by Charles Baudelaire


They say ignorance is bliss. I agree. So did Hemingway.
“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
drunk.

But on what? Wine, poetry or virtue, as you wish. But be
drunk.

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."

...
Maja Dezulovic

2 comments:

  1. That is lovely! Thanks for sharing that. I will confess I saw the name Charles Baudelaire and immediately thought of the children from A Series of Unfortunate Events. But yes I do agree with this--I think about such things all the time. Especially during stressful times at work, or when circumstances just aren't going well--you think of how things could be changed, for everyone involved, but no matter how hard you try often it's not enough. Only the passion to keep trying, because you have a vision, keeps you going--it drives you to madness but also sustains you. And then you go home and drown yourself in your particular comfort.

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    1. Thank you for the comment, Elora. It's good to hear from you. :)

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