First, a disclaimer— I am not a Bourbon drinker, let alone a connoisseur. But when a friend of mine told me he had bought a $4 bourbon, I assumed he meant a glass of the stuff. He did not. He meant the whole bottle. For four bucks! That’s $4.00! Four ounces of STP Gas Treatment costs about the same— by comparison. Octane Boost is $7.50.
But this was an entire bottle of Bourbon for $4.00. My interest was piqued! So I turned to the Internet to discover what could possibly be that cheap. After perusing a few sites it seemed that the unanimous conclusion was a certain brand that will go unnamed because I do not want to go to jail. A number of bourbon drinkers described it as “tasting mostly like dirt.” Blended, no less. I decided sampling it was out of the question.
Thus, philosophically did I ponder— What is the purpose of Four-Buck Bourbon? I came up with these possible options—
1. To get totally plastered! Cheaply.
2. A gift for that special relative.
3. A Car-Starter on a cold winter’s morn.
4. Cheap octane-booster.
5. A De-greaser.
7. Flavoring in even worse coffee.
8. Cough medicine.
9. A Molotov Cocktail.
10. Self-initiated suicide. (No reports on success rate).
More realistically, I pondered— Why would anyone buy Four-Buck Bourbon? Other than a few of the ideas above, I could only deduce two—
1. To get plastered…, again.
2. You could not afford STP Octane Boost.
These same philosophical questions arise when many of us choose what we really value. We tend to settle for group-think; what the majority believes. “I’ll have what he’s having.” We settle for the cheap instead of doing the hard work of considering the issues, the morality, the implications, the ramifications and effects on other people.
Actions DO have consequences. Make sure your actions are worth something. Don’t settle for the Four-Buck Bourbon level of contribution to the needs of our world. And if you DO drink Four-Buck Bourbon, my apologies; and my prayers.
For what it’s worth,