Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Western Civilization is Spiritually Bankrupt

Let's define spirituality as the feeling of being part of something bigger.

A person at Church praying to God, being in the crowd at a playoff game, and reading Buddha's teachings are all examples. In each case we get to feel like we're part of something bigger than ourselves.

Religion has the edge of the eternal. A football game cannot compare to the size and scope of religious teachings which often extend before time and after death.

In Western Culture, God is going down and consumer spirituality is on the up. We buy products to connect with each other. We feel like we're part of something bigger, and indeed we are, when we sign up for websites, buy smart phones, or participate in fashion or entertainment trends.

But we have lost the eternal.

I noticed this when I saw women carrying yoga mats and traveling to India. They are symptoms of this culture of lost souls. They started yoga for the trend consumer fitness but felt a growing attachment to its foreign, eternal nature.

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