this article by Marcia Segelstein! Here are a few out-takes:
Laura Ingraham, in her new book, Of Thee I Zing, describes
being awakened from such a reverie while shopping in a mall one day.
Suddenly things came into sharp focus: teenage girls in jeans that
looked like they'd been painted on, teenage boys checking to be sure
their boxer shorts showed above their pants, an explicit Victoria's
Secret window display, a child screaming for a ZhuZhu pet, people
walking around trance-like staring at various electronic devices in
their hands, nobody really noticing anybody else. And she wondered how
we reached this point.
Ingraham sums up the problem this way: "Our manners are shot. We dress
like homeless prostitutes and derelict drug addicts. We spend
countless hours social networking and end up becoming less social. Our
pop culture has popped. In areas as broad as personal grooming,
recreation, education, parenting, faith, and even the way we travel, the
verdict is in: we have fallen faster than a discount facelift. We're
going to hell in a handbasket (and the handbasket was made in China)."
Getting to the heart of the matter, Ingraham inveighs against the
growing trend -- especially among young people -- to embrace
"spirituality" and reject religion. There's actually a moniker for this
crowd -- SBNR (spiritual but not religious) -- complete with its own
website. On it, you'll find words of wisdom like, "All religions
contain some wisdom, but no religion contains all wisdom." Embracing
such watered-down pabulum demands nothing, requires nothing, means
nothing. And Ingraham summarizes it nicely:"To
be spiritual is to recognize that you have a soul, a spirit -- and the
highest aspiration of a soul is the love of God, and reverence for Him
.... What many of these spiritual searchers reject are the obligations
of loving God as defined by established faith traditions. Whatever
faith one chooses, it requires a full embrace of certain eternal truths
and credos -- a humility that recognizes you are not God and that He
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