The Spiritual Awakening America Needs Isn't What You Think It Is

[Daily Wire] One of the most common questions we hear in response to the decline of our culture and to the conflict that has ensued from that erosion is “How can Americans change?” “How do we avoid the ‘veritable civil war’ that might be coming to our country?”
In a recent article at National Review, Victor Davis Hanson gives several answers to these questions: we need to fix immigration issues, reform the university, grow the economy, deal with reactionary racialism, and experience a religious and spiritual awakening. I believe this last point takes priority because it lays the philosophical foundation for all the others.
Typically, when spiritually minded people—particularly those who hold to the Judeo-Christian worldview—discuss religious revival, they focus on the need to revive principles and values having to do with morality, objective truth, and divine authority. Religious and rational elements, not spirituality, are emphasized.
While religion and spirituality should always go together, sometimes we mistakenly separate them. Religion becomes a cold set of rules and other-imposed conformity. Spirituality becomes unhinged from reality. When divided, each creates some of the very problems we are trying to fix—loss of individualism and rampant subjectivism. So it is important to understand both.
I believe most of us understand the nature of religion, principles of morality, and reason, but I don’t think many of us grasp the depth and breadth of spirituality and why it is fundamental to pulling our society back from the brink of destruction and embarking on the many practical solutions we need to right the ship.
A lot of Americans believe in the spiritual realm, but they don’t often see how spirituality is key to relationships—and how society, politics, and culture are all about relationships. Fundamentally, our society is broken because the relationships are broken. Relationships are broken because we have lost the meaning of true spirituality.
Relationships begin with self-knowledge. If you don’t know yourself as God created you to be—not as you or others imagine yourself to be, but as you truly are—you don’t really know anyone else. If a society is filled with people who don’t know themselves, and thereby don’t know others or how they should live in this world, then that society is dysfunctional.
A human being is a spirit—a unique identity, or in the words of Soren Kierkegaard, a “self.” This individual “self” is known not by an objective list of truths, but through understanding how those truths relate to the individual. This isn’t relativism. This is truth known through relations, and that’s a key difference. Read More

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