the process of conjugating the verb to drink to drunk by fermentation|
a gardener with cartloads of plums
fermented the lot in some drums
when friends came to stay
he noticed that they
had problems in doing their sums
The products of the fermentation of fruits
have been an integral part of many societies since
Australopithecus sucked rotten apples during their autumn festivities.
The Homo genus and its precursors have evolved a close association with yeasts such as Saccharomyces
and the products of fermentation for millions of years.
Our present sapiens species, being wiser... especially in its self-assessment... has developed the production
of the drug involved to a high level of refinement.
Any gardener that is low on friend numbers, need only to collect a variety of fruits in season, indulge in some
back-room zymolysis, filter off the fluids into any spare amphora, and the situation will be rectified within
a few weeks.
zymolysis ferments the drink
and sapiens thinks it can think
but after its drunk
and heads have gone thunk
the plot has went glug down the sink
Alcohol alters reality away from normal expectations.
Impatient or bored with the natural rate of chaotic disruptions, humans imbibe
the alcoholic waste products of the yeast, because of its established
influence on disrupting nurtured behaviour.
The tedious uneventfulness of daily living can be stimulated
by provoking events over a shorter time scale.
These events can range from the beneficial to the catastrophic and can have the effect
of accelerating the process of evolutionary birth and death.
Relationships between the reticent are facilitated, unplanned conceptions are initiated,
private opinions are promulgated, and violent extremes indulged in.
Like most drugs, a surfeit of the molecules of the carboniferous culprit
C2H5OH is a toxin in excess, with often
quite undesirable consequences for health.
It produces, amongst other things, a diminished computational
ability, and since it is invariably self-administered, over-dosing is commonplace and
vulnerability substantially increased.
The allure of its recreational use can be almost irresistible.
The desired counterpoint to the hard labour of economic survival
seems to be quickly facilitated.
In spite of frequent disastrous consequences, the capacity to
invoke opposites makes it an attractive ingredient in the
phase transition from occupation to recreation.
The taciturn become loquacious, the hesitant become
bold, the reluctant become willing, and the anxious become convivial.
With ample lubrication, it is even possible to be entertained
by very bad comedians.
By simply using all the words that the local polite
society exclude from their public discourse, they imagine they have a
comic grasp of the absurdity of the cosmos.
When commercial manufacture is sanctioned, hypocrisy abounds.
Consumption is both vigorously encouraged and discouraged at the same time.
Education will end up being touted as the means
whereby abuse can be moderated, but advanced courses and
certification qualifications will also be available
for the production of the substance in large quantities.
Anguished political noises are emitted decrying the death
and disorder caused by immoderate use.
Yet at the same time the barons of production are honoured for the size of the
wealth pyramid that keeps their anus well above the mayhem.