THE WORD "SPIRITUAL"

Just to say: I have been greatly troubled by this word "spiritual".

Yet I'm completely clear that we can draw out some category of human experiences which is far deeper than the intellectual life, and more fundamental than our usual being in the world and its attendant issues.

What can I say about it?

That it involves awe at our being here at all.
That it involves some kind of lively sense of belonging (that our being here is not fortuitous, and is nourished).
That our existence is profoundly a moral existence.

So much I can risk saying.

Is that "spiritual", would you say?

13th January 2003

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