Are cynics destined to be atheists? Are we the comical curmudgeons that are afraid to dive in head first and get a little wet? I'm a naturally rational person. When I want to do something wild, as I'm known to do from time to time, I have to first rationalize letting go of common sense for the night. My brain and I have a little discussion that goes something like this:
Me: It's been a tough week and I'm stressed as hell.
Brain: Tell me about it, I can't wait to relax and recharge.
Me: We do that every weekend. It's that time of the month Brain. We need beer and loose women!
Brain: Fine, have a beer, but you realize you're slowly killing me right?
Me: A beer? I was thinking more like 12.
Brain: You cruel fuck.
Me: Stop being a diva, you know you like the feeling too. If you let me have my fun when we get back at 6 AM I'll let you write one of those random (expletive deleted) posts you write when we're sauced.
Brain: Well... that was fun.
Me: So, what are we going to do today, Brain?
Brain: The same thing we do everyday, try to take over the world! Err, I mean I'll turn off the common sense nodes now and we'll go have some fun.
Once I convince myself that I'm allowed to do irrational stuff for the night my inhibitions and rational nature run for cover and I allow myself to live a little. I know I have the ability to be pretty irrational. It's inside me, but it's fleeting. Once I wake up I'm back to being rational. I immediately map out the most efficient way to get Mexican food.
I could take that leap of faith for a night (as my liver would testify). I could go all-in right now and convert to Islam, Catholicism or Judaism and fully believe in what I was doing at the time if I really felt like it. When I woke up the next day though I'd just shake my head, dust myself off and go get a torta.
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