Next time you get into an argument with your boss, maybe try suggesting that you should have the same debate tomorrow drunk? Or never mind, that would probably get you fired – unless you lived in the Persian Empire around 450 B.C.
The Persians at this time believed that you could only have a good idea if it remained a good idea in both states of mind. This meant that in the ancient Persian Empire, ideas were usually debated twice! Once when sober and then once when drunk, because the concept had to sound great whilst sober and drunk before it was even considered a great concept.
Imagine the world we would live in today if that was still common practice! First, our politicians would present their goals to the congress sober and then they would have to come argue why it had to be done drunk – well if you could convince someone to proceed with new legislation after four glasses of wine maybe it really is a good idea.
You see the Persian Empire valued the ideas the mind could conceive while being drunk. They believed that you could achieve even greater clarity or wisdom while being in the drunken state. We know this because around 450 B.C. the Greek historian Herodotus traveled to Persia and witnessed first hand the culture. He noted that all Persians he encountered would ensure whenever an important argument came up that it was debated dry and under the influence. Maybe next time you get into an argument with your significant other just stop and crack open a bottle of Tequila, so that you can really dig deep into the matter?
And though it may to sound ludicrous, we could argue that it does have some sense to it. Sure you need to keep a cool head to form an intellectual process that stays neutral and keeps your emotions in check. However at the same time if you want your idea to be fiery and have passion, then your intellectual process needs to go deeper which may only be possible by letting your mind go free.