Isaac Got the Holy Ghost

Seeing people pretend to be possessed by the spirit of Jesus is pretty much always hilarious, but this video stands out for two reasons:

1. The little kid in the striped shirt, who calmly watches all the proceedings with a look of pure apathy.

2. The old man at 3:25. I laughed so hard, and when I turned my attention back to the little kid, I laughed even harder.


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      1. It’s gone in both Firefox (WinXP) and Safari (OS/X 10.10). When it was up, it was a little strange. It started at about 4 minutes in and I had to do some strange clicking and dragging to get it to start from the beginning.

  1. Looks like the video was taken down from YouTube. If you search for it, you can find some brief clips. It looks like a guy having a seizure in the clip I saw, so I hope that’s not the case and he’s just faking.

    1. I’m not a neurologist, and I don’t know if a neurologist could diagnose a seizure from a somewhat obstructed film clip, but I doubt it since lots of other people in the video are doing the same thing. I also don’t think it’s faking, at least not in the sense that the people flailing about and convulsing on the ground are consciously acting a part. I would guess it’s a form of self-delusion like hypnosis, where people are fulfilling a socially expected role without really understanding why.

      I suspect I would be like the kid in the striped shirt, trying my best to ignore the whole thing because acknowledging it would too embarrassing. I think it may be a matter of experience though. If someone were brought up in this culture, they might think it perfectly normal. I myself am capable of jumping up and down and screaming like a maniac at a sporting event, such as when Tom Brunanski made a diving catch of a tailing away soft liner in right field to win the Red Sox the 1990 AL East. (I was in section 25 behind the 3rd base dugout…)

      BTW, the video is back, and again starts at 4:31, well after the events Rebecca describes, so you need to drag the slider back to see them. (But it now seems that just dragging the slider works; when I first watched it, I had to do something more complicated, but I don’t remember exactly what.)

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