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The Guardian Columnist Without Religion Knows What He’s Missing

He felt an envy for religious people that he’s sometimes felt before. This time, John Harris writes, it came from “a year of lockdown, the sudden fear of serious illness and death, and the sense of all of it being wholly random and senseless. … Like millions of other faithless people, I have not even the flimsiest of narratives to project on to what has happened, nor any real vocabulary with which to talk about the profundities of life and death.” Many people like him have found that “life without God has turned out to be life without fellowship and shared meaning.”

In the fourteenth century, people faced with the Black Death looked to their communities for help and for hope, writes Harris, a Guardian columnist, in “How do faithless people like me make sense of this past year of Covid?” Now, he notes, “a mixture of individualism and collective denial leaves many of us without the ideas or language to conceive of Covid like that. And besides, even if we wanted, once rules allow us to try and make shared sense of our recent experiences in the company of others, where would we do it?”

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