Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Geek PalaverI recently started a new project with some friends at http://www.geekpalaver.com and I wrote my first post there yesterday.  Today, I find myself at a loss for what to write about, so I’m stealing my post from over there, because frankly… I think it rocked.  Geek Palaver is a new blog site dedicated to all things Geeky and Snarky.  Nobody snarks like geeks.  Nobody.  Well, except maybe southern women.  But let’s face it, in their own way, most good southern women are geeks.  About something.  I’ll be posting more about Geek Palaver, including what the heck the name means, in the near future.  But for now, here is my first post from the site.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry…

Recently I was forced, on two separate occasions, to consider and report on my favorite bible verse.  I’m not a real bible verse kind of guy.  I don’t find a verse particularly useful and rarely find them meaningful.

This is not a judgement on the entire bible, rather it is how I look at individual verses.  A verse, taken out of context not only from the words written around it but the culture and time it was written, can come to mean anything to anyone.  So I’m more of a bible story person rather than a bible verse person.

But a bible story didn’t fulfill the requirements, so I went in search of a verse.  And I found one.  One that I can embrace and claim as my favorite.

Then I commended mirth, because a man has no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labor the days of his life, which God gives him under the sun.
– Ecclesiastes 8:15

This is where the oft quoted phrase of “Eat, drink and be Merry” comes from.  And I happen to be a fan of all three activities.  And to know that God commands me to do them is proof that he loves us, is it not?  Or as another great American put it:

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
– Ben Franklin

So, that got me to thinking.  What else have great people had to say about this topic.  And by this topic, I do mean beer.  Because, if Mr. Franklin is right, and I’m not going to tell him he’s wrong, then beer is the de facto proof of God’s existence.

Abraham Lincoln had a high opinion of Beer.  In fact, he believed that enough beer could save our nation!

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.
-Abraham Lincoln

But it is not national leaders alone that understand God’s love through beer.  The common man can appreciate beer too.

Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza
– Dave Barry

And of course, our own president can appreciate the miraculous powers of common beer.

I have always believed that what brings us together is stronger than what pulls us apart.
– President Barak Obama
2009 Beer Summit

So if so many wise people can see that beer is good and godly, why is it so often looked down upon?  That is a mystery I’ve often contemplated, and I think I have some answers.

  1. Beer tastes like horse piss.  It’s true, most American beer does.  Or worse, American light beer tastes like…  nothing.  Call me a beer snob, but I do not like the weak American style beers.  But attacking all beers based on the poor taste of a few is akin to attacking all religious people for the extra-bedroom activities of Ted Haggard.
  2. Beer makes one silly.  But only if beer is drunk in excess.  Which should be measured by kegs, not cases, and by activity, not occasion.  I can’t help that pot bellied rednecks drink to much while watching football.  That neither lessens football or beer, both of which are Good.  Instead, it shows that rednecks really “get” the holy concept of “Eat, Drink and Be Merry.”  Instead of a negative, they should be held up as the example!
  3. Beer is expensive.  But that’s just silly.  Beer is the single reason that mankind developed civilization.  Without beer, we’d all still be small clans of hunter-gatherers, or perhaps advanced to the point of quilting bees and scrapbooking.  But nothing civilized.

So let’s accept, shall we, that beer is holy.  And needs to, at times, be consumed.  For God did command it.

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10 thoughts on “Eat, Drink and Be Merry

    • Thanks for taking my entire post, that took hours of careful hand crafting, not unlike a good beer, and showing that all my hard work constructing the logical proof that God wants me to consume the oldest alcoholic beverage in the world was wasted by turning my argument into a perfectly succinct single quote.

      I bow to your google-fu, Laurel of the Winn. Your mastery of obscure beer quotes puts me to shame.

  1. Hmm. You have this filed under “Canoe.”

    You know the Canadians compare American beer to making love in a canoe, don’t you?

  2. Runwolf, what was it you said I said about beer? The only quote I saw was from Martin Luther King. However I will give you a quote about beer as J see it. “GOD is great, beer is ok but I prefer a shot of tequilla”. Now you can quote me honestly. Laurel Winn

    • It was the King quote to which I referred. You found a single quote that expressed everything I wanted to say about beer. Your google-fu is awesome.

  3. Due to your humor in an otherwise humorless world I certainly am going to keep an eye on you. Actually two due to not only do I have to look close up but I can not type. Henceforth I have found a relief to an other tedius job. That is finding something to laugh about and help me learn some typing skills at the same time. One question, where can I find spell check on this and future replies? Thank YOU Laurel Winn

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