i don’t always write about….

church or the Christian life in general.

i think so many people compartmentalize faith and worship and life.  i fight not to do that.  i mean i work at a church….there are so many directions i could go with that, but i won’t.  instead i will treat you to a passage from one of my favorite authors Chuck Klosterman.

The best response to a police officer who’s just asked the question, “Have you been drinking tonight?”

“That’s a great question, and I totally understand why you’re asking it.  I can see where you’re coming from, sir.  I realize my behavior seems a little erratic.  I smell vaguely of alcohol.  I’m in a motor vehicle, and it’s three o’clock in the morning.  It’s a unique circumstance.  But I’m not intoxicated.  I’m distraught.  I’m a hyper-emotional person who can’t accept the inherent unfairness of the universe.  Have you ever read Arthur Schopenhauer?  You know, that dead German pessimist?  He once said that the vanity of existence is revealed in the form that existence assumes:  in the infiniteness of time and space contrasted with the finiteness of the individual in both; in the fleeting present as the sole of all things in which actuality exists; in the contingency and relativity of all things; in continual becoming without being; in continual desire without satisfaction; in the continual frustration of striving of which life consists.  Crazy, right?  I don’t really get what he’s saying.  But I do know this, officer:  That’s how I feel all the time.  And to make matters worse, I’m an insomniac.  I haven’t slept more than two hours in any given night since I was sixteen.  That’s why I’m awake right now, wandering the roadways of quasi-reality, living my wretched, vampiric existence.  I suppose you could say I was suicidal, but too depressed to kill myself.  And then, when I saw the rolling blue lights of your squad car in my rearview mirror, I realized nothing I could say or do would reflect positively on my condition.  The game was over.  I’ve lost.  Why fight it?  I pulled over to the side of the road, depressed the parking brake, turned off my vehicle, and imbibed one full shot of Bombay gin, which I happen to keep in the glove box of my car, precisely for this type of situation.  That is the alcohol you smell.  In fact it’s still coating the inside of my mouth.  Which also means if you give me a Breathalyzer right now, the remnants of the alcohol will still be there, so I’ll fail the test, even though I’m not intoxicated.  So–to answer your original question–yes.  I have been drinking.  I’ve had exactly one drink tonight, thirty seconds ago, in response to the hopelessness of existence.  Do I still need a lawyer?”  Chuck Klosterman from Eating the Dinosaur

so, do you think that would get the driver out of the DUI?


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