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How can we rescue the word 'Spiritual'?

InnovativeEphemera
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12/26/2014 2:53:17 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
The word spiritual carries certain connotations, but the English language is particularly insufficient in expressing a feeling of deep emotional connection to others, to the world, to life, etc. without being laden with hippie/religious/cultic baggage.

Few people, even the irreligious, would disagree that there are powerful emotional responses to certain things like art, music, beautiful writing or photography that aren't rational but are part of the innate human experience and condition. Even Richard Dawkins has described weeping when viewing the milky way at one of the large telescopes in Hawaii, or being moved to tears by a beautiful piece of music. So should we start developing new, neutral words to describe these experiences? Or should we reclaim some of the tagged words? Any better ideas?
s-anthony
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12/26/2014 3:23:59 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 12/26/2014 2:53:17 PM, InnovativeEphemera wrote:
The word spiritual carries certain connotations, but the English language is particularly insufficient in expressing a feeling of deep emotional connection to others, to the world, to life, etc. without being laden with hippie/religious/cultic baggage.

Few people, even the irreligious, would disagree that there are powerful emotional responses to certain things like art, music, beautiful writing or photography that aren't rational but are part of the innate human experience and condition. Even Richard Dawkins has described weeping when viewing the milky way at one of the large telescopes in Hawaii, or being moved to tears by a beautiful piece of music. So should we start developing new, neutral words to describe these experiences? Or should we reclaim some of the tagged words? Any better ideas?

As society's values change so will its meanings.