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I had a religious experience yesterday

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I had a religious experience yesterday.

It鈥檚 a common metaphor. A playful exaggeration of what happens when something goes beyond a mere dopamine hit and passes into complete shamanic bliss.

If most of the people in the crowd there with me had said that, they wouldn鈥檛 have meant it literally. They鈥檙e atheists. Christians. Muslims. 鈥淪piritual, but not religious鈥. Either they see no point in all this God-bothering, or their spiritual needs are well accounted for.

As for your correspondent? Well, loud, boisterious ecstasy is exactly the type of old-time religion i鈥檓 after. Hundreds of sweating, screaming, beautiful humans, swimming in the sea of each other, without a care in the world, freed, just for a moment, from the stresses of their mundane daily life1 鈥 and all led by a charismatic preacher front man. What else could you call such a thing?

When you鈥檙e a shy bairn who follows a dead religion, you take what you can get.

Also鈥 about halfway through the show, the band put up a big caption on the side screens saying 鈥済uest starring Harry Styles鈥2 (greeted with rapturous applause). They then proceeded to bring out Lewis 鈥渋wa颅geddi颅canna颅usti颅bei颅sum颅wun颅yu颅luuuuuuh鈥 Capaldi instead (greeted with considerably less rapturous applause), and have him sing the absolute holy grail of 1975 concerts: 鈥淎ntichrist鈥, a song from their very first EP which the band have steadfastly refused to ever play live. Masterful trolling.

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