Ghislain Fournier

Rave, Intensity and the Quest for Meaning


In rebellion against the absurd, Sapiens, this “ reasonable animal ”, occasionally seeks to emerge from the mundane. He then tries to transport himself above his usually enclosed world onto the adventurous and obscure paths of ecstasy. Ek-stasis, to be oneself, outside oneself… An initiatic journey awaits he who engages on this path of intensity, ultimately leading to an apex of ravishment, a fusion with an intensity in which he participates. As with all initiations, it is a transformed being which returns, having experienced signifying intensity. In these perspectives, this article looks to establish the rave phenomenon as an intensity quest along other contemporary forms of a religious quest for meaning.