Originally posted by whodey
OK visted, there is only room for one sheriff in this one horse town! I'll be the spiritual police. So tell me, how are you spiritual?
Edit: "No body ever expects the whodey inquisition!!" 😛
As I said, I am pretty much letting that word go because I
no longer know what it means. As a shorthand—for people that are non-theistic—I think that it has something to do with a sensed connection to the whole, the Tao, etc. For the Stoics, for example, pneuma
(spirit) had to do with how the logos
of nature manifested itself—without any god outside nature; for the stoics, theos
We once had a brief debate here about that word, in which Bosse DeNage and I were arguing for just dropping it. Bbarr said something like, “I have no objection to the word, as long as it refers to seeking connection with the Real.” (Something like that.) So there you go: depends on how broadly or narrowly you want to define the word.
I’m satisfied saying that I am a Zennist/Taoist/Vedantist, etc.—and more, very recently, a Zen Buddhist
perhaps, than I thought of myself formerly. If that is “spiritual” fine. If not, fine. If someone can come up with a better word, fine.
I insist on seeing proper ID before I believe you are the official inquisitorial spirituality police... 🙂
And that is really my point. Your question is fair—as a question. However, I do not give you authority to define my terms for me.