They are telling us that millennial have no religious affiliation, at least according to Pew. Those who intensely resent the idea of the existence of God are celebrating the fact that something like 36% of those who were part of the most overly protected, pandered too, spoiled, abjectly pompous generation have no religious affiliation. We are told that 56% of Americans are now ‘nones’ who have no religious affiliation, and those numbers are growing. We Christians are going to be pushed aside, and rendered obsolete, by those who have rejected God, religion, and have embraced their highly intense spirituality.
Spiritually aware Barrett Holmes Pitner, wrote:
“...A new book by Lisa Miller, The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving, provides a unique approach to this dilemma. Miller proposes that spirituality—which she describes as religion minus the belief in dogma, the veneration of prophets and deities, and the fixation on the afterlife—is an innate human trait that needs to be encouraged and developed. Through extensive research, Miller asserts that spirituality encourages children to believe in something greater and more powerful than themselves, and as a result they develop more resilience and less anxiety throughout life. People who engage in spirituality, she finds, are 40 percent less likely to use and abuse substances, 60 percent less likely to be depressed, and 80 percent less likely to have dangerous or unprotected sex, according to her findings…”
Let’s try to get this into perspective. According to Pitner, being religious and a Christian, a person of faith is not a good thing. But, being spiritual is. As someone who has no patience with what I see as just another re-packaging of New Age insanity, what I noticed about the above paragraph is that a child raised in faith does better than one who isn’t. Did these delusional not just admit that faith is what makes a difference in a home?
From what I gather, the spiritually superior among us want to take God out of the country. We need to emphasize the spiritual in ourselves. In other words, we are to be shallow, superficial, self-righteous, but spiritual individuals who are going to impress the world with how very spiritual they are.
Frankly, I have no use for the spiritual. I have no use for what was once called New Age. It is the about shallow little superficial, supercilious twits showing how connected they are with the universe around them. Please, stay the hell away from me. I don’t have time for you, or your worship of yourself, nature, rocks, climate, or your navel.
No, I don’t like people like this. They are as obnoxious and miserable as the worst evangelical with their dogmatic determination to remake the world to suit their spiritually superior version of what the world should be. No, they don’t make the world any better, but they think they do. Go smudge your sage somewhere else and don’t force it down my throat. I don’t force my Christianity on you, so stay out of my way. Don’t tell me to that I can feel the good aura emanating from my rock collection. Don’t get pissed when I turn off my ceiling fan and ask if you can feel the aura, now. Okay, so I was told I have a disruptive aura.
Okay, I have a disruptive aura. I don’t want to put up with your superstition, ghost hunting, quest for enlightenment, or your determination that I need to be enlightened, myself. I’ve gone through this sort of nauseating spiritual movement before, having so-called friends force it on me. I’m not putting up with it – again.
The spiritually superior are no different from the ultra religious. They are no different from the new age atheist who is trying to inflict his/her new religion on everyone else. Yes, I’m ranting and raving. I’ve just spent nearly 5 hours battling my printer. Maybe I should smudge it a little and let it seek spiritual enlightenment.
Go away and leave me alone. I don’t care if you preach, chant, meditate, or even smoke a bong in the nude. Just don’t expect me to find the meaning of it, while contemplating the number of angels which could sit on the head of a pin. That’s what spiritual once was. It is different for every generation and every religion, every culture. It is a reflection on who and what that culture is. For the Millennial mind-set it is all about trigger warnings, coddling, helmets on swing-sets, having your mommy hold your hand when you cross the car lot to buy something which tells the world how important you are.
Frankly, I think you are a spoiled, rude, obnoxious generation with even fewer manners than your parents had and few manners than my generation had. The world doesn’t revolve around you, no matter how hard you pretend it doesn’t. Maybe the problems is that I’m too shallow and superficial to comprehend how important spirituality is.
I guess my real problem is that I’m a person of great faith, but very little religious affect. If you believe what you believe, and have great confidence in what and how you believe, you don’t need to pretend the shallow and superficial, nor try to conquer the world to show just how great you are. It isn’t about religion. It isn’t about faith, or so-called spirituality. This is about coming of age, and being obnoxious about it.
Being at the tail-end of the Baby Boomer generation, I did not do the Hippie thing, but I remember it. It was all about casting aside the societal underpinnings of the previous hypocritical generations, and creating a new spiritual world. It lasted a couple of years, then they grew up, found jobs, had children and made them miserable. One of these days the spiritual Millennials will finally grow up and face reality. Until then, don’t expect much out of them, other than spiritual pontificating. In the meantime I’ll sit here and laugh. I remember when my generation rejected religion. It didn’t last long. Neither will Millennial spirituality. Generational searches for the meaning in life never do. The searches last long enough for life to hit them in the face, and kick them in the rear. Then, the searches turn into a longing for something real, or a rejection of faith, all-together.
Ever read Roman history? I seem to remember one of the great philosophers complaining about his son’s quest for spirituality. My advice is to get a grip. It happens with every generation. You aren’t all that special. Life a little. Quit following all those silly rules, go sit on a swing without a helmet. You might like it.