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Bacchus has drowned more men than Neptune. - Garibaldi

The Advice on Intoxication

Luke 21:34  "But take heed to yourselves lest your minds be weighed down with headaches and strong drink and the cares of this life."

It should be admitted that there is a significant difference between having the occasional social drink, enjoying getting intoxicated, and becoming inebriated. Having a social drink is indeed the social norm in the society of the United States.

It is also fairly obvious that getting intoxicated short of inebriation may release inhibitions and more emotional flow, but it only impairs the ability of the mind to be aware and think sharply or clearly. The quote above in Luke is actually another support for the idea that the J-person's message was largely about being intellectually responsible

Another focus on self as the ground of reason

The sentiment is to take heed to YOURSELVES. He is not saying here to take heed–care about–to God, the church, to others, proper decorum, or anything else but to self or ourselves. This needs to be considered in the context that J was very sparing in his advice regarding behavior, so the implication was that this is crucial. And it is another rationale for valuing and building on the foundation of the self and its legitimate and intrinsic needs and desires.

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