American souls

To the point of feeling at least a little bit curmudgeonly, I find it increasingly difficult to disguise my unease with the word spiritual. I’ll take it as a kind word when someone’s trying to avoid the confusion or offense that might follow from describing someone as religious, and I’ll happily affirm the spiritual as that which is irreducible, transcending our every attempt at compartmentalization. But I’m still unsure about what to do with talk of spiritual truths, principles and components, or with the question “How are you doing spiritually?” How’s your unincarnate self lately? Is your astral projection holding up well?

 

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