Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,
Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC)
chemoelectric

"Spirituality"

Not long ago there was a Mike Malloy program (airamericaradio.com) in
which Malloy said how he hated religion, but had nothing against
"spirituality." That word means "nothing" to me. Seriously, I didn't
know what he could be talking about. There is no such thing as a
"spirit," so what in the world is "spirituality"? It can mean nothing
but a form of superstition.

We cannot rid ourselves of a superstition if we cling to any part of
it. There is a really good general diagram of this situation towards
the end of the article at http://www.esgs.org/uk/art/ak6.htm.
Rather than go into the matter in detail, I'll just refer you to the
article.

Maybe all we need to do is rename so-called "spirituality" as
"substantiality," which would have the benefit of covering as well,
without prejudice, those areas of our lives in which we resemble
animals. Maybe some nice and good clergy people wouldn't mind that
terminology, either, though it's up to them.

(Note: The diagram is good but the words in it don't render correctly
in Opera, Konqueror, Dillo, etc. Mozilla and Firefox work, however.)
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