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8 Things That Are Probably True About You If You Identify as Spiritual (But Not Religious)
Liz Posner AlterNet November 6, 2017, 1:40 PM GMT
Americans who consider themselves spiritual yet not religious are
a fast-growing breed. They have even been subject to some
mockery among atheists and proponents of organized religion
alike. As Reverend Lillian Daniel wrote in a popular HuffPost
column, “These people always find God in the sunsets. And in
walks on the beach.”
If you fall into this group, you’re still in the minority in
the U.S. Though participation in organized religion is on the
decline, most Americans are still either spiritual and
religiously affiliated, or entirely non-religious and
uninterested in spirituality. Meanwhile, American spirituality
is considered by many to be “on the rise,” and has taken new
forms outside of the typical church setting, as evidenced by the
explosive popularity of yoga, meditation, mysticism, drumming
circles, and other outlets for 21st-century spirituality.
As the numbers of people who consider themselves “spiritual”
grow, so do opportunities to learn more about this small yet
culturally influential group that rejects conventional religion
while still searching for some deeper meaning. A new PRRI study
breaks down the demographics. Chances are, if you identify as
spiritual but not religious, some of the following are probably
true about you.
1. You’re generous.
In perhaps the most surprising piece of information revealed in
the PRRI study, nonreligious, spiritual Americans report being
more giving of their time and energy than members of other
groups. “Americans who are spiritual, regardless of how
religious they are, demonstrate a greater proclivity to help
others,” said PRRI research director Dan Cox. “Americans who are
more spiritual are more likely to listen to someone else’s
problems, do a personal favor, or even allow a stranger to cut in
line.” This contrasts notably with the inverse group:
nonspiritual, religious individuals who were less likely to
exhibit prosocial behavior in every category (except praying for
a stranger, which isn’t too surprising).
This turns the table on the classic conservative argument that
religion promotes morality. Conservatives claim religious
individuals are more generous, more charitable and more in touch
with their community compared with those who don’t attend a
church, synagogue, mosque, or temple. These numbers show that’s
not the case.
2. You’re relatively happy with your life.
More than six in 10 (63 percent) Americans who are spiritual
but not religious are highly satisfied with different aspects of
their lives, like personal health, family life, relationships
with friends, and quality of life in their local community.
Religion-pushers who claim that adhering to a religion makes
people happy may be mistaking what is most fulfilling about
faith; it appears to be the spiritual piece of organized religion
that brings satisfaction, not the religious aspect. After all,
the PRRI report authors write that “spiritual people-regardless
of whether they are religious or not-report higher levels of
satisfaction with their relationships, communities, and life in
general than do nonspiritual people.” However…
3. You’re not very happy with the way things are going in the
Non-religious people overall report being less happy with the
“state of things” in the U.S. as a whole. The majority (38
percent) of this group claimed they were “not too happy” with the
U.S. today, and another 19 percent said they were not at all
happy. Non-religious, non-spiritual people are even unhappier.
4. You’re under 50.
In general, non-religious Americans, whether spiritual or not,
tend to be significantly younger than religious Americans.
Fifty-six percent of Americans who are spiritual but not
religious are under 50 years old.
5. You’re a Democrat.
Spiritual, non-religious Americans are more than twice as
likely to identify as Democrat (36 percent) than Republican (16
percent). They’re also significantly more liberal than the
general population (40 percent versus 24 percent). Just a small
minority of this group-one in five-identifies as conservative.
6. You’re white.
About two-thirds (66 percent) of spiritual, non-religious
Americans are white. But interestingly, of the four
self-identified groups, the non-spiritual, non-religious group
contains the least diversity: over three-quarters of this group
7. You spend time with family and friends.
Spiritual Americans are more likely than non-spiritual
Americans to report spending time with friends at least once a
week (73 percent vs. 62 percent, respectively).
8. You spend more time outdoors.
Spiritual Americans seem to be more in tune with nature, as
they are more likely to spend time gardening, hiking or
participating in some other outdoor activity at least once a week
(59 percent vs. 51 percent, respectively). So maybe there’s
something to that stereotype of spiritual people “seeing God in
the sunset” after all.
After all, he did make the sunset didn’t he?
Until next time, this is Patty who is sure there is Mother Father God, and King Campbell A.K.A Bubba who is, living proof saying…
May harmony find you, and blessid be.