I’ve been trying to keep up with spiritual blogs for the past year or so. They were hard to find in the first place. But when I did find them, many of them seemed concerned with things that don’t seem spiritual to me at all.
Let’s make it clear: this isn’t a value judgement. There is obviously a place for trying to be successful in life. There is obviously a place for ambition. When we face economic hardship because of selfishness glorified and rationalized on a grand scale, it seems hardly realistic to focus on the spiritual.
What I do wonder about though is why seeking success in life has become a concern that needs to be labeled ‘spiritual’. Is that merely because spiritual teachers really just want to be rich, just like the rest of us?
In the scientific discourse on New Age there is the label ‘prosperity spirituality’. This refers to the stuff some people see as a reason to be optimistic about our time: namely new age spirituality targeted to managers and leaders of industry. I guess this means stuff like ‘the secret’.
But what’s so spiritual about this stuff? Can anybody explain that to me? Are we in the same conversation?