• Spiritual enrichment

    17 Sep 2014, 18:22 by Mampato

    Religion, art and politics have been displaced by consumerism. This is the centre to most people's lives. Spiritual enrichment is rejected for an instant need for gratification. Post-war Labour collectivism is dead. No-one wants to be altruistic or politically active. People retract from politics. The consolation provided by art and religion is not really sought after. This attributable to economic policies from the late 70s, which rejected collective action and glorified the individual. The Conservative party have been the most radical in the sense that they glorified radical economic policies and individualism. (The Labour party have been more conservative in that, of late, they accommodate themselves to these radical developments.) This has resulted in the debasement of culture and the death of spiritual enrichment. This is partly attributable to the selfish social revolutions of the 1960s. Young people, I find, are keener to go out for orgiastic nights out. I have tried this and found that it I much prefer the transcendent nature of art. Literature is able to take you away from your immediate surroundings and make you reflect on human nature. Other contemplative pursuits - the awe of nature, music (which has been debased and commodified by free marketeers), certain forms of film - no longer are the centre for people's lives. I want to be able to die spiritually enriched. Religion offered this in the past. People like me decide that God is dead, that things are meaningless, and find peace and tranquility in art. The instant gratification of a drunken night out offers nothing. It does not even offer a formative experience. I find it insulting when people assume that I lead a sad little life and they leading a more satisfying life. I want to be able to die spiritually enriched. They will die having accomplished nothing. Neither spirituality, politics and art are the centre to anyone's lives. It is now consumerism. It is a very toxic force indeed.

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