Thanks shlarg and kali for your comments.Although I've long been agnostic, this is my first time to actually put it into words and discuss it with like-minded folks. I'm kind of groping around with my membership, wondering where it will lead and if it will serve me to finally put my convictions into words.
Hi Kali. Utah isn't part of the Bible Belt, but it's pretty much Mormonland, so it's just as religious. As for what inspires these levels of piety, aside from indoctrination I really couldn't tell you. You have a pretty kickass collection of music here; it was nice to get acquainted with you.
Oh, yeah! The BR concert in San Francisco last night was awesome, awesome, AWESOME! It was my first BR concert; I took Sarah, my 15-year-old daughter. We were in the front row, left of center stage, right on the railing/fence/gate. The place was packed; lots of energy; the crowd was moshing for every song. I had to stand behind Sarah and put my hands on the rail next to her so I could protect her from the moshing. What a workout! We got home around 2 a.m. and then it was back to school for her and work for me this morning. It was well worth it and I can't wait to see them again.