Secularism destroys lives. The unexamined life is indeed not worth living. A steady diet of the ambient culture will destroy you and your family. You just cannot immerse yourself totally in the world and expect that things will go well. Without a rich inner life, we drift and end up in trouble. It is simply how we are made. For a human being, life is much more than economic survival and entertainment. Without a deeper orientation than the prevailing popular culture, even good people with good intentions will end up in trouble. Purely secular lives end in suffering and destruction. Always. There is only one way, truth, and life for human beings and it isn’t money, status, competition, war, nationalism, or entertainment. Not at all.
“The irreligious mind is simply the unreal mind.” – Thomas Merton
A lack of spiritual orientation is dangerous. Even fatal. A human life guided only by secular values easily succumbs to despair, delusions, and violence. A human mind without a deep grounding in spiritual and moral values is easily manipulated and led astray. A lack of spiritual grounding and maturity can eventually lead to a loss of hope, broken relationships, drug abuse, violence, depression, anxiety, restlessness, and the absence of inner peace and meaning. When transient values replace real values life becomes unstable and disaster follows. So much suffering…
There is a light in the darkness and the darkness does not comprehend it. There is a better way to live. It begins with developing a rich inner life and the power to discern. It means developing an active and healthy conscience. What we do with our lives matters. A constant immersion in the frenzy of media and devices and acquisitions will harm you. A life based on the shifting values of secular society will ruin your health, your peace of mind, your ability to think and choose well, your freedom, and your family. We are made for much more than this.
The best thing we can give to our loved ones is to liberate ourselves from the commonly held delusions that make people sick, then God’s grace can work through us. We owe it to our children to do some maturing and reject what can never satisfy. Otherwise, the suffering will continue. We must stop and look deeply into what we are habitually doing, then seek only that which matters most. Ultimately, there is need of only one thing and it cannot be purchased.
A tree is known by the fruit it bears. Take a look around you. Secularism kills.