Fear and Loathing

I’m a guy who likes to be rational about his thinking, but I recognize that we, as people, are often anything but. I’m profoundly irrational about a lot of things, and I think it’s better to be clear about what that entails.

Leaving out the question of free will – because I fucking can, will and just did – and going on the assumption that it exists (UNFALSIFIABLE ASSUMPTIONS HO!), there is any number of bold assertions on the topics of faith, music or politics that can accurately be said to have equal objective value.

To wit: I think the metal music genre is superior to other genres. Sometimes I listen to classical, neofolk, darkwave, noise or hip-hop,and when I do I am perfectly convinced it is the best thing ever. I have no problem adding this up. From an outside perspective it may look inconsistent, but it all evens out.

Some people believe in the actual existence of gods. I don’t. That doesn’t make me right, or even express my precise opinion.

Think of it like this: if you have an idea of a god or gods, and this idea enriches your life, does it really matter if it really exists or not? Isn’t the idea powerful enough? For some it isn’t, and that may be OK for them.

Still no?

OK.

To me, few things compare to the riff in Slayer’s “Dead Skin Mask”. I can listen to that song all day and still feel touched by the divine, my pulse racing and my mouth dry. That feeling is profoundly moving and meaningful to me.

Should a classically trained musician who actually knows musical theory and scales and notes and harmonies and whatnot choose to point out that my taste in music is pedestrian and simplistic, that may very well be so. It doesn’t change a thing, however.

“Did you just compare God to music?”

Yes. Want to make a big deal out of it?

Everybody dances, and all we can do is choose our music. If you’re one of those people who choose to dance to the same kind of music as others and willingly abrogate your own taste to theirs, that is your choice. It may be how you feel about the issue.

Without going into too much detail about my own preference in the issue, I’ll just say I prefer to feel the music and play it so loudly I’ll bleed from nose, mouth and ears.

Bang that head that doesn’t bang. The band isn’t really there, but that’s OK. You can still feel it.

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