Spiritual (eyes roll).
What a useless, confusing word. This term is so malleable and nebulous that I
prefer to stay away from it. It really is no better than describing yourself
as religious. For far too many who use this label it is just a pseudonym for
belief in some form of woo woo or flapdoodle or pablum.
The author of the article
mentions that for some it is their word for conveying a sense of awe and
"But while science may be able to explain the world, it
doesn't evoke how many people feel about their place in the
Awe and wonder is how
spiritual people often describe their relationship with the
If this is how one feels then
what the hell is wrong with simply using the words awe and wonder. The
following are additional terms I think preferable to
spiritual: magnificent, grand, splendid, resplendent, glorious. The term spiritual
carries too much religious and other woo woo baggage to justify its
I am frequently inspired and
awestruck by nature. I can't look at a Hubble Telescope image of the galaxy,
for example, and not be enthralled and exhilarated by the majestic image.
Sometimes I find myself engulfed in a sense of euphoric delight just looking
at and contemplating the wondrous biological and chemical activity playing out
at the molecular level inside a leaf as it dangles on the branch of a tree,
brushed softly my a gentle breeze. Calling this spiritual fails for me to
capture the true breadth and depth of the feelings evoked.
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has suggested "spiritual" people may suffer worse mental health than
conventionally religious, agnostic or atheist people.
My thoughts on this are as
follows (tongue in cheek examples):
Spiritual people think in their
heads that a fence will be built if they wish it so. Since they are
"thinking" it and not "saying" it, it won't be built since no one heard
Religious people pray out loud
and possibly tell everyone in their congregation that they hope "god" helps
them get that fence up in the Spring time. It comes through because the
congregation heard their fellow worshiper needs help with a fence and they all
pulled through to make it happen (but that person KNOWS it was "god" that made
it happen and not the people of the congregation).
The Agnostic and Atheist people
will make phone calls, search the internet and find the best (cheapest) way to
get that fence up. They call their friends and family and ask for some
help from them in return for pizza and beer. The fence is
That was probably not the best
example, but I am sure I got my point across. ha
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