If you ask yourself this same question, and can answer, we can stay sober The solution is to know the answer to this question, if you can answer it, you may stay sober?
Do We Know The Answer? Sobriety; Is This It? Sobriety is a Grind,
I'm empathetic to the words of the guy, re:"...is this all there is??"- type of feeling. In my experience I (and of others I've heard share) have described life that way when they are not helping others. I believe that part of that character's persona is being at least mildly narcissistic. He describes what is referred to at "the fuck-its". When I get like that I go *do* something. I would submit this scene shows the person's alcohol-ism showing its power over his rational thinking.
In at least the last 10-15 years of my recovery I have felt imperfect, at times, for sure BUT I have Not felt sorry for myself like this fellow... *Mainly* because when I was about 2 years sober, like this fellow, and I whined about "...Sobriety being a "grind"" Someone loved me enough to *tell* me to get out of my pity party and make a gratitude list.. and also to suck it up. I don't have to put the pen to paper for very long to realize that I am the luckiest guy in the freaking world. If I think my life is a Grind, because I'm in recovery I can always go get 3 bottles of Southern Comfort and see how "dull" my life gets. OR I can DO something about it!
As you've stated Andy, those of us from the "25 over-developed countries" sometimes have No Idea how truly blessed we are until we interface with someone or some village in the other  "normal" countries.
My life exceeds my expectations on a daily basis BECAUSE I am sober.
I wake up every morning at think to myself, "WOW! I get another 24!!!??? what lottery did my soul just win!"
...that's my answer but i'm only sober 25 years.. .what do I know - Hahaha.
Like I always say: Live the Dream - If you're not, you're doing it wrong!
Very good Mike, I was enjoying his small speech with a lot of empathy. Everyone has a moment when they just want to say screw it.. and here is a problem, we know if we say this, someone will tell us to stop pitying ourselves. Yet, in reality the person that deals with this question honestly and openly and continuously it's the one that stay sober. Sherlock will need to think about this until one day it becomes clear. I would hope everyone sits it has what is the reason of life? And I hope they find their reason. I suspect for me it's all in giving more than taking. Grateful for what I got