Friday, 24 November 2017

A Wisdom Moment

While on this trip to New Zealand, I spent a half-day on a wine tour.  The deal is simple....some guy picks up a dozen folks in a big van, and drives you around the Christchurch region where vineyards are in abundance.

You stop and have five or six 'sips' of wine (they never offer you a full-up glass)....just enough to wet your whistle and identify a fine taste.  Maybe you buy a bottle....maybe not.

I reached some vineyard (the last one of the day) where I needed to use the restroom.  Typically, I don't walk into restrooms with my camera....it's some kind of Bama rule....you just don't go to restrooms to take pictures.

But I sat down in this stall and then realized the rich white nature of the walls of the stall, and all of these fantastic moments of wisdom written upon them.  So I could not just avoid taking a picture of the wall.

Typically, on most bathroom walls....you don't get anything beyond some witty Brit poem, or a vulgar piece of analysis. 

In this case, several great bits of wisdom were offered up.  This picture?  Well, it's a bit of wisdom handed down by Plato...."Boys should abstain from all use of wine until their eighteenth year, for it is wrong to add FIRE to FIRE."

It's the kind of knowledge that makes sense and causes you to reflect upon youth, alcohol, and wisdom.  For me growing up in a dry-county (in Bama), they were helping me to prevent some great mistake in life (perhaps).

After a while, and having observed three of these wisdom moments from the stall....I came to this conclusion that it'd be a good thing in life if all stalls offered up Socrates, Plato, or Aristotle wisdom.  Course,  folks would get all confused about this and suggest it was a bad thing to offer wisdom in bathroom stalls. 

The odd thing here is that the only place on Earth where you might get this type of innovation?  It's in a vineyard wine toilet, near Christchurch, New Zealand. 

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