You should not feel alone. I have, over the last several years, been writing fairly frequently about the new age of spirituality that is much healthier than the old religious world that still drags people down.. On several occasions I’ve had people respond who were feeling alone. That is almost always a factor of family or immediate community. It does not reflect the growing majority that are not interested in old religions, except academically perhaps.

Most people in post-industrial countries are not religionists. Those that are represent something between 20–30% at most. In the healthiest (and happiest) countries that is down to less than 10%. If pressed most people in America will state some vague religious connection or some version of divinity simply because they don’t want to deal with people asking about it. And it is a well known fact that surveys are distorted because people, being nice, will try to tell you what they think you want to hear. There are a few of the other kind but that is normal, too.

The far bigger scale on which human change and evolution is happening is very interesting. If you haven’t read it I would recommend Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature and why violence has declined. An important theme in our recent history has been the steady pruning of the old religions to eliminate the horrors and violence that they demanded. Those religions are now simply totemic symbols of very select ideals and are mostly ignored as they must be.

Much of the most disgusting developments in the last couple of years are late stage desperate attempts to hold onto the disappearing past by people who would have no influence at all in today’s most advanced societies.

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