It’s fulfillment is less certain. And it has remained uncertain throughout our deep evolutionary time. That need makes us seek communal religious behavior. We may ask God for spiritual fulfillment. We may dance our way to it with trance-inducing drum rhythms. Ritual is the cut-and-dried approach, the default connection to the spiritual.
At a minimum, ritual is a religious placebo. We may think it gets us where we want to go–whether it does or not. In the institution of modern religions, as we sit in the pews, we are under social pressure to behave, to behave AS IF we’ve been spiritually satisfied. Is it the religious equivalent, though, to seeing that the emperor, who has no new clothes, is naked?
If we do have the need, but most of us don’t achieve spiritual satisfaction, what should be our path?