Biology versus spirituality



The word ‘spirit’, derived from ancient Latin, meant ‘breath’ (i.e. as in the (imagined) ‘breath of God’). The equivalent ancient Greek word was pneuma (Sanskrit: prana), also meaning breath/air. Both were taken as synonymous with the ancient Latin word anima; meaning: that which animates, i.e. gives life.


So, if one is breathing, hence animated (i.e. living), one is spiritual. Animating the inanimate is the true spiritual act.  Any other biological or non-biological function on which one might choose to superimpose the word ‘spirit’ (or spirituality), such as prayer to or adoration of one’s chosen God, is not spirituality but merely pleasing (hence a placebo) diversion from basic biological function (unless one is a priest).


In short, the belief (and which is always virtual because generated by one’s Bio-Nav (i.e. brain)) of ‘spirit’ (or ‘ghost’ or ‘soul’/psyche, or fairies or elves or angels) is Spiritism (not spirituality). Spiritism serves as placebo designed to make the grind of life and, in particular, the horror of death as permanent extinction more bearable.


In short, it is biological (i.e. hardware) function that is spiritual rather than service to an imagined source (or software) of life. Fake spirituality, as defined and propagated by priests, shamans and other fantasists, serves as pleasing wish fulfilment that bridges unpleasant or sorrowful biological gaps.


Indulging or immersing in fake spirituality is a placebo, but for the many the sine qua non of survival. Indulging in fake spirituality, such as prayer, adoration, religious worship of all hues, shamanism, meditation, Yoga and the like, is a popular pastime that offers an escape from the difficulties and hardships of true spiritual activity (to wit, one’s cross). In India in particular, fake spirituality is big business.


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