It was a strategic maneuver. Obviously Wesley knew that at some point he would be faced with a situation where drinking poison would save his life. However since iocane is odorless and tasteless, the experience was not done for enjoyment but rather protection. If Wesley had been alive in modern or realistic times, he would have had a greater number of choices to kill Vizzini. It just would have taken years and not moments to kill him using a soft drink, ultraviolet sun-rays, fast-food and stress-laden office job. If you haven’t understood any of this post yet, stop everything and watch “The Princess Bride” right now!
Now that you’re back or never left, it should be obvious to most that our lives are full of possible poisons. Some can be instantaneous killers. Others take years to grab hold and choke the life out of people. Why are we surrounded by so much poison? Because we want to be! We really don’t want the literal or figurative death that they carry but it is usually an unwanted side-effect to some deliciousness. I use the word delicious to describe some positive feeling sensation associated with a negative action or product. It does not specifically have to be a food/drink.
The delicious moment trumps the long term poisonous effect. It is all over our society: food, drink, relationships, entertainment and the list goes on. I’m sure that it is not impossible but it would definitely be difficult to go “poison free”. So I would not ask that of anyone. Since I mainly write this blog to challenge myself, the challenge that I lay before you and I is to give up two delicious poisons this week. Tuesday (8/25) to Tuesday (9/1). Leave a comment with your two and be honest with yourself and me if you drop the ball. It’s not failure, it’s data! You’ve learned something about yourself. My two poisons are: Iced Tea and ice cream. I also promise to leave a comment if I fall short. People who know me will recognize the difficulty of this. Can you give up Facebook, unnecessary cellphone use, your anger, that cup of coffee or cigarette?
“Never go up against a Sicilian when death is on the line! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!” -Vizzini