What Fools These Mortals Be

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Just in time for Halloween:

 

When Coco Layne, a Brooklyn-based producer, meets someone new these days, the first question that comes up in conversation isn’t “Where do you live?” or “What do you do?” but “What’s your sign?”

“So many millennials read their horoscopes every day and believe them,” Layne, who is involved in a number of nonreligious spiritual practices, said. “It is a good reference point to identify and place people in the world.”

Interest in spirituality has been booming in recent years while interest in religion plummets, especially among millennials. The majority of Americans now believe it is not necessary to believe in God to have good morals, a study from Pew Research Center found. The percentage of people between the ages of 18 and 29 who “never doubt existence of God” fell from 81% in 2007 to 67% in 2012.

 

Go here to read the rest.  CS Lewis saw this coming long ago:

I have great hopes that we shall learn in due time how to emotionalise and mythologise [human] science to such an extent that what is, in effect, belief in us, (though not under that name) will creep in while the human mind remains closed to belief in the Enemy. The ‘Life Force’, the worship of sex, and some aspects of Psychoanalysis, may here prove useful. If once we can produce our perfect work—the Materialist Magician, the man, not using, but veritably worshiping, what he vaguely calls ‘Forces’ while denying the existence of ‘spirits’—then the end of the war will be in sight.”

CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

 

In the natural realm, nature abhors a vacuum. This is also true in the spiritual realm. If we do not have God to fill up our spiritual emptiness, there is another entity ever eager to attempt to usurp the place of God in our souls.

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6 Comments

  1. Astrology circumscribes our freedom. Can people only relate to Sagittarius people during December? Isn’t better to call on Divine Providence everyday for success and prosperity as our Declaration of independence does? Abandon God and abandon all hope.

  2. True story. Years ago on a very cold winter day in NYC, I asked our (space cadet) receptionist, “What’s up?” Her answer was “Mercury is in retrograde.” I thought, “It sure is cold!” She meant the astrology charts.

    My sign is the Cross of Christ.

    Anyhow, the astrology section (in the comics) is less worthless than the lies they publish on politicized/propaganda page one. Ergo I don’t read newspapers b/c I don’t need to pay to be misinformed. I’m already sufficiently stupid.

  3. Possibly some guy named Coco who is a Brooklyn producer isn’t going to get the most representative sample of folks….

    Oh, gads. I knew I remembered that name from somewhere. She’s the “gosh cutting my hair short makes me look more like a dude can alter my gender representation” chick from Huff’n’Puff in 2013, who “identifies as a femme queer woman.” (she is a chick who usually dresses like a girl and wants to date women)

    She was an “Artist” then, though.

    Most of the every age range she meets probably has at least one of the current trendy stupidities– alternative gender and/or sexuality, trendy obscure religious practice that’s non-falsifiable by behavior (such as Madonna and Jewish mysticism, or the Beatles and their guru), exotic medical issues requiring either emotional fussing or dietary fussing, and probably a Horribly Abused Backstory.

    It’s just obnoxious display.
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    Now, objectively, you don’t have to believe in God to have good morals– heck, that’s basically natural law theory, that there is some morality writ on our hearts. You probably do have to swipe the morality from Him for more advanced stuff, though, and if you’re seriously about it you usually don’t stay agnostic. (Well known hazard of the honest non-believer.)
    I’m part of the group that had a big uptick in ever questioning the existence of God, although I’m not one who did*. If you look at the chart, it could be tied to 9/11 happening when they were pretty dang young, or sampling errors, or the unholy flip-out of the last…oh…. dozen to fifteen years.

    That’s before the problem that their polling quality has gone way down as folks get cellphones, and that my generation has been seriously burnt by “anonymous surveys” that turn out to be anything but; it’s pretty standard for schools to do them,and then violate the anonymity. And you’re lucky if you ONLY get dragged into some sort of “helpful” thing, rather than publicly exposed for WrongThink.

    *not through any credit of my own, I’ve poked at it five ways from Friday and it’d be like questioning gravity. Going to take some pretty serious stuff to jar that certainty.

  4. Correction, “identifies as a femme queer woman” might actually mean is a dude, maimed or otherwise, who identifies as a female homosexual that wears dresses and makeup; but I’m pretty sure she’s biologically female.

  5. Just noticed that the link for most young americans thinking astrology is a science is actually about the entire population, and the question was if there was absolutely nothing scientific about astrology. Since there are several science-flavored methods (just because it’s built on horribly wrong assumptions doesn’t mean it’s not science) then it’s more a question of how much exposure folks have had (willingly or unwillingly… and the science flavored astrology guys are as bad as vegans!) to astrology.
    Minus however many heard “astronomy,” of course.

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