The danger of do-it-yourself spirituality

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I was reading Tom Wolfe's 1976 New York magazine article, "The 'Me' Decade and the Third Great Awakening," and I was struck by the similarities with today. A significant change occurred in the culture after World War II, one that really manifested in the middle 1960s. Widespread economic growth allowed people previously unknown levels of self-indulgence. The focus on the self from all angles -- economic, spiritual, psychological, etc. -- began to intensify through the 1950s and '60s. The … [Read more...]

Hippies, monks, and Lent

Hippies, monks, and Lent

Here we are in the middle of Lent and I'm stuck on hippies. I've always been fascinated by the 1960s. These were wild and momentous years, populated by colorful and absurd characters whose impact far outstripped their usefulness. But drop the whole psychedelic mess into the period of the Great Fast and a compelling comparison of cultures emerges, one that might change how we see ourselves. … [Read more...]