The club is a sanctuary for ravers, a safe haven for those living up to the weekend. Building on the church metaphor, the club is the place to be on the (very early) Sunday morning in order to redeem oneself from the clutches of day-to-day life. Moreover, it is filled with allegorical symbolism: the holy water - booze - flows abundantly, bodies are transcended to a heavenly state, and there is always that one hippie-looking guy resembling Jesus.
Of course there are downsides to clubbing too: queues, entrance fees, overpriced drinks, and so forth. Yet no religion comes without a price and those willing to pay it receive heaven in return. The club as a place of kinship, anonymity, and freedom provides refuge for many versus the harsh reality of the outside world. Memento mori changes into carpe noctem as we seize the night for as long as the club’s opening hours allow us to.
Today’s norms have replaced those of our religious forefathers, tending towards hedonism rather than hierarchical control. The present-day secular society celebrates life and sacrifices on Tuesdays. Clubs now even open on weekdays demonstrating the demand for a routine divine encounter.
Hence we should remember not to visit our church only on holidays, but to pay tribute to the almighty spirit by visiting the house of God on a regular basis. Notwithstanding the financial and physical aftermath the club is our church, it is were we heal our hurts - to speak in the words of priest Maxi Jazz of Faithless.
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