Julian Baggini write in Psychologies magazine that “you don’t need to be religious to lead a spiritiual existence. Instead of prayers, deities and the afterlife, think morality, beauty and meaning.” Interesting to see him contributing to what I had always written off as a load of ‘dime-store’ bad science but perhaps such an audience needs a dose of reason more than most.
It’s a simple but effective counter to the assumption that without religion you are left with a cold dead materialistic existence. He concludes “Personally, I’d like to banish the word ‘spiritual’. It misleads us into thinking that we need more than the world w elive in as physical, oprganic beings. What we thik of as ‘spiritual’ is simplythose things – love, morality, values and meaning – that make us creatures with rich iner lives. Many of us let go of religion, bu hold on to the vaguer notion of spirituality as a security blanket. It’s time we realised that traditional religion is far from the only source of meaning, values, and a sense of the transcendant.”