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Goodbye Religion, Hello Spirituality

Goodbye Religion, Hello Spirituality

I don’t think there is one definition for the term or for its usage. Spirituality is an umbrella word, a catchall concept used to characterize a commitment to the sacred elements of life. It defies a singular definition, hence the fluidity of the usage of the word; it is also an evolving term rather than one of fixed determination.

The religious are sensing their vulnerability. People are trusting authority less and less–both of the clergy and scripture. So they're turning to 'spirituality' as a catch-all. Spirituality is personal, and therefore not subject to external scrutiny. Intellectuals may be able to tear apart the false claims of religion and scripture, but we can't analyze someone's personal spirituality. This trend can be seen as a logical (and slippery, as usual) evolution in the religious memeplex. It gives cover to organizations as umbrellas relevant to a now more personal and individual faith. But as we've seen from the fairy tales promulgated by the 'new age' movement, personal spirituality can be as vacuous as religion. True spirituality involves deep introspection, shadow work, and an increase in self-awareness. It is almost certainly incompatible with the tired cliches of faith.


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