|How to make a fflo|
1 part intelligence
3 parts courage
1 part empathy
Stir together in a glass tumbler with a salted rim. Add wisdom to taste! Do not overindulge!
I'm shy about claiming that much courage, but I think maybe I do have more than I'd once thought.
"Courage" is a great word, you know. It really means heart. They come from the same root, and in Middle English, with that old-fashioned pronunciation, courage is a highly honored value---but it means something we don't really think of now, when we use it with its contemporary connotations. There's emotion involved. There's strength of heart, and willingness to care about others. It's part of the system of courtesy---another word with very specific roots in a practice of civility, back when there was a much clearer way of knowing the difference between brutish and civil behavior.
Back to the cocktail---and its instructions: I do tend to overindulge. . . .