Irish Cultural Famine
Ah, Saint Patrick's Day. This day is a wonderful celebration of what binds each human to each other - carousing. As elitist as I may sound at times, I can truly identify with any man who will hoist a pint in celebration of anything; conversely, this means that an intelligent, conservative expert on German idealism who happens to be a teetotaler will always manage to seem strange and suspicious to me. I'm afraid I have some entirely rigid standards.
I'd love to say that the Irish saved civilization, but it seems we managed to rescue a boring Catholic tradition from its own puritanical blandness. Score one for the good guys, again!