When I was a child I was visiting a family in Italy and they gave all the children a glass of water diluted with red wine. It’s a common custom in Italy to this day. Wine and alcohol are just grapes and the like after all; essentially sugar and sugar drives respiration (glucose to adenosine triphosphate – Kreb’s cycle).

Dylan Thomas the poet, he was, without question, an alcoholic, but he wrote a beautiful line.

He wrote:

“Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

I had to explain the classes of alcohol to a wine merchant today (not a very good wine merchant I hear you say lol – he’s a good guy – works in a supermarket in alcohol department).

Wines, ciders, liquors, beers – largers and bitters and spirits (including rhums, whiskies, vodkas and herbal tonics etc). Those are the principle categories of alcohol for consumption.

I used to teach at a university in Versailles and I was admitted to the professors tables. I was an English language assistant. We had table wine at lunch and the conversations were always rich – despite my imperfect French. In France men have far less heart disease than in the UK and the United States. The French refer to the English speaking peoples as the Anglo-Saxons. Everyone from the Americans to the Australians.

The French drink and eat but the Russians and the British drink more and eat less. The heart is impacted and statistics prove this. In the United States the hangover of this culture of guilt around alcohol shows up in a brown paper bag around an alcoholic beverage in public spaces.

Except in New Orleans, where the French maturity prevails.

A spirit, as a drink, when not abused, taken out of context, not harnessed to an unattended neurosis, it is a potent sugar, that contrary to Einstein’s deliberations on alcohol, can fire synapses.

Dylan Thomas couldn’t see what Einstein saw nor could he fathom beyond his shadow blocks – hence the alcoholism. He was flawed, but in this line, his voice was truly spirited:

“Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

Essentially, it is just saying:

‘give yourself fully to living.”

© Copyright 2021 Nathan Curry

1 thought on “Spirited”

  1. The comments in the above Facebook Post were –
    Henry Kuyvenhoven commented :
    Humanity is on a planet called earth by them. Slowing down and stopping seems real to them. Fine!
    There seems to be a choice to give yourself fully to living or not. But where is the rest. The ungiven if I have not done it fully? I shall answer my own question. It’s nowhere, in a dream.
    Nathan Curry commented :
    Wake up then.
    Henry Kuyvenhoven replied :
    Nathan Curry I am accepting the apparent process of awakening. Thank-you for your helpful part in this. I love you. Perhaps more than you understand. I know death will not be able to separate us.
    Party on and finish yours too.
    Nathan Curry commented :

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