what is joy? perhaps it starts in the irrational? the sensuous?
dionysis and his world we describe as irrational, which we usually take to be a negative term. we generally think of an irrational person as strange, offbeat, or insane; and of an irrational statement as incorrect. but the original meaning of irrational knowledge is simply knowledge gained through our senses rather than through our rational thought processes. the dionysian way is to see the world instinctively, on a sensuous, intuitive level rather than in an abstract, logical, once-removed way.