I don't take drugs of any kind, even alcohol. It's not any sort of ethical or religious decision, I've just never felt the need and I can't stand the taste of alcohol (and I've tried many times).
At the same time, Radiohead is one of my favourite bands of all time; in fact, I listen to a lot of music even weirder than they put out, from Captain Beefheart and John Cage, to Battles and The Flaming Lips. I enjoy Aqua Teen Hunger Force, I find the surreal humour produced by the likes of Channel 101
to be hilarious, FLCL is one of my favourite animes, and I enjoy other things like Look Around You and Don Hertzfeldt's
I'm not gong to rant against drug use, because frankly I don't care. However, I rarely go to concerts because I find the inevitable haze of pot smoke to be extremely distracting and annoying. When I saw Radiohead in 2003 it was probably the breaking point; there was basically a cloud of pot smoke over everything, I don't even know what the hell those people in the front of the floor were up to (except that the band actually stopped the show because someone collapsed at the front, waited for them to be taken to an ambulance, Thom made a couple of awkward comments, etc.). But I'm digressing, because the main thrust of this topic is just why?
Does getting wasted actually improve your perceptions or something? I can enjoy a song like Everything in it's Right Place
just by listening to it. I'll admit that my mood will alter how I feel toward a given piece of art (or entertainment), but am I missing something by not dropping acid before I go to a show? What worries me more is that some people only seem to enjoy certain things WHEN they're high. Shouldn't the art itself be able to transport you?
tl;dr: Does getting high or wasted qualitatively improve certain bits of art or entertainment. Are people who experience things sober actually missing out?
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