Let's take a moment to enrich our minds, while celebrating one of our favorite things: cocktail hour. Below find Baudelaire's 1869 treatise on indulgence...not only is it food (drink?) for thought, but it's a damned good reason to pour yourself a tall one today at 5.
Be You Drunken!
One must always be drunk. That's all there is to it; that's
the only solution. In order not to feel the horrible burden of
Time breaking your shoulders and bowing your head to the
ground, you must be drunken without respite.
But; with what? With wine, poetry or virtue, as you will.
Be you drunken.
And if sometimes you awake, on the steps of a palace, in
the green herbage of a ditch or in the dreary solitude of your
room, then ask the wind, the waves, the stars, the birds, the
clocks, ask everything that runs, that moans, that moves
on wheels, everything that sings and speaks – ask them what
is the time of day; and the wind, the waves, the stars, the
birds and the clocks will answer you: It is time to get
drunk. In order not to be the martyred slave of Time, be you
drunken; be you drunken ceaselessly! With wine, poetry or
virtue, as you will!