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An Existential Commentary on Alcohol and Art

"Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable ... his is the wine that shuts out the universe, not the wine that reveals it. It is not poetical drinking ... it is rational drinking, which is as prosaic as an investment, as unsavory as a dose of chamomile."
~ G. K. Chesterton, Omar and the Sacred Vine

Some say that alcohol is an art - craft beer, wine, and so forth. A theoretical problem with all art, however, is how the art will be consumed. This has to do with interpretation and the means used in order to attain such. When you walk through an art gallery, you are expected to refrain from boisterous ambitions. You are expected to tread slowly, giving proper attention to the objects that have been set in place for your viewing; it's called manners. You don't run through an art gallery screaming obscenities and taking into observation the work as quickly as you possibly can. To do so would be obnoxious. Based on this analogy, if alcohol is ind…

The Meaningfulness of Art: A Spiritual Act in Itself

“I have known cases where what the patient called his "God" was actually located—up and to the left at the corner of the bedroom ceiling, or inside his own head, or in a crucifix on the wall. But whatever the nature of the composite object, you must keep him praying to it - to the thing that he has made, not to the Person who has made him."
~ C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, Chapter IV

The temptation to worship an effigy is what every observer of art must undergo, that is, if all exemplars of art truly are nothing more than lesser objects that resemble greater objects. However, one need not yield to the idolatrous ploy set up by Wormwood or Screwtape. On a hedonistic note (though rather crude), in the case of art that represents the divine, at least the idolator is worshiping something that resembles God or a heavenly object, rather than something that is diametrically contrary to either of those.
But a step back needs to be taken in order to tackle some preliminary …