What is Spirituality?

I was listening to an atheist podcast a few weeks ago where one of the hosts said something along the lines of spirituality being a BS word that doesn’t really mean anything. Personally I don’t believe that. But I know where he was going with it.

I’ve heard people throw around the word spiritual as a sort of generic non-religious term. Something used to describe a belief without a set of rules. I’ve also heard people use the term in relation to religion.

But what is spirituality exactly and is it important?

Well without going to a dictionary, I’ll give you my interpretation.

I think spirituality is an emotional high that consists of the human condition longing for great order, peace and inspiration from the unknown. Like an orgasm of the imagination.

It’s very real by that definition. I’m not sure anyone would want to sensibly debate such a definition. The debate comes in as to whether or not there is a connection to a higher power that takes place with such a feeling. I’m not here to debate that. I’ll leave that up to you.

The question now turns to whether or not spirituality is important. Obviously it is. Spirituality has existed throughout most if not all of human existence. Sometimes it has been just personal beliefs and sometimes it has come wrapped up in a container of religion. It has taken many shapes and forms but it hasn’t ever gone away. As such it must play an important role in the development of humanity. I’m not sure how. I mean off the top of my head I can say that it’s been used as motivation, inspiration and a means of gaining a sense of inner peace. But what more, I cannot say.

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