More than twenty percent of the girls in my daily emails from Match.com identify themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” If you are not a member of this group, you are probably right now thinking to yourself, “aren’t spiritual and religious the same thing?” Indeed they are; however, some religious people are ashamed of being religious and have instead adopted a form of politically-correct self-denial. (These are the same people who insist that we call the short “vertically-challenged,” the stupid “learning-disabled,” the unfunny “differently-humored,” and prison schools for wicked kids “alternative education.”)
These are also the same people, apparently, who sit around like idiots while nuts from the Kabbalah Centre indoctrinate children in public schools:
“What does greater satisfaction bring?” she asks. Matthew replies: “Spiritual power!”
Zucker asks him where the power comes from? “Your inner light,” the boy answers.
And where is that light found? “In your heart,” he says.
It may seem harsh of me, I know, to dismiss such scientifically-valid concepts as “spiritual power” (which I’m pretty sure is “spiritual work divided by spiritual time”) and “inner light” (which is made up of “inner photons” that sometimes behave like “inner particles” and other times behave like “inner waves”) as religious. The LAUSD would certainly disagree:
” ‘Spirituality for Kids’ is not religious,” said Karen Timko, who is in charge of elementary counselors for the Los Angeles Unified School District and has included the group in a resource fair for counselors. “It’s tools for navigating your life.”
” ‘Inner light’ is a universal term,” spokeswoman Esther Weinberg wrote in an e-mailed response to questions. “If you look it up, you’ll see it is used by Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Oprah, Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, many yoga practitioners, and it actually originated with the Quakers.”
You’re right, that totally doesn’t sound religious. And if Deepak Chopra used the term, well, then there’s probably nothing flakey or religious about it at all!