“The key of vita illuminativa is here in our hands, to say it better, it is here in our casks and bottles. From the wine we learn what intoxication is, what higher sobriety is, what illuminated life is.” — Béla Hamvas, The Philosophy Of Wine
Intoxication, or any change in cognition, is best viewed as a portal. To be afraid of it as a rule is akin to being afraid of doorways because of what might be in the next room, or falling asleep because of the variability of dreams.
Be not afraid, but alert. May this new room, this new dream of 2016 be full of a higher sobriety. A momentous New Year to you, everyone.