in the ancient Persian Empire, an idea was debated twice: sober and drunk. The idea first had to sound good in both states of mind before being considered a good idea.
Nowadays, we often take much time deliberating over important decisions. We make lists of the pros and cons. We procrastinate. We discuss. We do anything and everything possible, except make a decision on whatever it is. As humans, we are notoriously bad at doing this, and after many years, we still don’t seem to have a fool proof way of making a decision.
Take the government for example – they may need to decide on a project to implement, and they may implement cost benefit analysis to determine whether it’s a good idea. At the end of it, they’re not really that much closer to making a decision than they were originally. So maybe it’s a time for a new idea. Although, we don’t really need to look forward, but rather look back at the Persians for how we make our decisions. And their method was simple. If the idea is good when you’re both drunk and sober, then it’s considered to be a good idea, and go ahead and do it!
Heroteus describes this method as they should discuss it whilst drunk, and then the next day, the idea or decision will be given to them whilst sober, and if they then approve of it, it can be acted upon. If they don’t approve, then the idea is left just where it is! Either that, or they deliberate whilst sober, and then when drunk. But the most important thing, is that it’s considered under both conditions.
I don’t know about you, but things seem a lot simpler and I’m always happy to say yes whilst drunk, and so if I really do implement this, I may find that strange things start to happen!