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Best wishes on your inner spiritual journey, Ashvin. I began my inner journey within a Christian sect and have gradually moved toward a sort of earthy mystical atheism. I recognize there are still some valuable ideas taught by the old religious stories. Apparently these stories repeat themselves through time: this explains similarities between religions of different places and eras. And the similarities demonstrate both the lie that these story events ever took place and the truth of the perennial philosophy they convey. Hence the wisdom that the Jesus of Nazereth purportedly taught is more important than for instance Paul of Tarsus’s later interpretation of his life story which it turns out is not really Jesus’ life story at all, if we compare it to the story of Egypt’s Horus for instance.
I have found that personal spiritual journey can begin with or without a belief in a supreme deity. A healthy mix of open-mindedness and logical skepticism will see you through. The journey stalls when those 2 go out of balance. Many fanatical adherents to religious sects lose their way when they refuse to question religious authority. Many atheists lose their way when they refuse to investigate their own powerful spiritual energy.
Christian philosophy is merely one of many fine ways of exploring that power.
This is not the generation that will take up that rock anthem. It is too early. What Americans have right now is a co-opted two party majority with only a small ignored minority of protesters outside of that group.
Any anti-authoritarian protest they attempt will be quickly repressed because there is no widespread public support for it as most Amerians are cluelessly getting their respective partisan propaganda information from mainstream media.
Standards of living will predictably drop and abuse of state power will get worse. Give it a couple more generations. By then there will not be any more impotent poorly attended protests. Instead there will be another Revolution/Civil War.
This article makes me proud to be a Terp with an Econ degree.