How Your Parties Should Make People Feel

I’m one of those few people who think pleasure (real pleasure) can make human beings better rather than worse. So every party I host or attend is a kind of philosophical test.

I want my guests (and fellow guests, when I visit another host) to always walk away from my parties with pride in themselves and love toward others. I want them to have met someone important or interesting to them. I want them to have said something truthful, vulnerable, or passionate.

I never want people to walk away “wasted,” embarrassed, isolated, embittered, envious, or anything less than proud and excited.

No, it’s not really possible to get screaming drunk (or “status-drunk”) under this schema and succeed at my goal of “good pleasure”. But a great many parties can be constructive rather than just consumptive or destructive, and I can design my parties with these ends in mind.

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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