Spiritual Materialism

A Quality of loss Affecting our Content As Trade had suddenly encroached Upon a Sacrament. —Emily Dickinson Not long ago, I found myself listening to a speaker on public television during one of their pledge drives, a speaker like so many I have come to think of as a “feel good” speaker. He talked about how we should cultivate wisdom and adopt certain practices in order to become more spiritual. But as I continued to listen, I found myself increasingly irritated and not sure why. Upon reflection, it came to me that what🔒

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Diane Barounis is a clinical social worker and a member of Evanston (Ill.) Meeting. An unexpanded version of this article was first published in the meeting's newsletter.

Posted in: April 2001, Features

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