Last Saturday, the local newspaper had an op-ed piece in the "Religion" section titled, "Power of human spirit available to everyone", written by a student from the University of Oregon.
The author has apparently plumbed the depths of reality, scanned the vast expanses of the heavens, chanted in the rain forests, beat drums on the African plains, drank espresso in Berkley, and chased the deepest mysteries of life and existence throughout the cosmos, and has arrived at the following conclusions:
I believe that in our society today, it is difficult to distinguish between religion and spirituality. I see spirituality as in the individual search for completion, and religion as the institution or house of this spirituality.
However, we do not need a religion to be spiritual to become complete, to find one’s spirit. We do not need a god, nor do we need a prophet, nor a scroll of stories teaching ethics and moral lessons, but simply the faith that our spirit is within us as is the confidence that you can uncover it. ...
Self-discovery simply means experimenting with your passions, following your heart and doing what you love. The more you listen to your self, the happier you become and the more your spirit begins to stir. The day will come when you finally liberate your spirit; you feel blissful, limitless and alive, but most importantly, you feel unstoppable. And not simply on a spiritual level but, as the Buddhist monks have demonstrated, you are unstoppable on a physical level as well.
Live your life well, and you will live your life longer. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and go after it.
This is your world, and in your hands you have the power to control how it will end.
The logic here is so stunning, the philosophical erudition so profound, and the writing so transcendent, I readily confess my inability to respond in the same caliber or on the same level.
And so I am calling upon comedian Brian Regan to offer this response, which I think says it all, says it quickly, and says it well: