(This post is about track 6 from the album Goodbye Party, titled “Famous Last Words”. Click here to stream or download it free.)
The word religion derives from the latin word ligare, meaning “bind” or “connect“. Add that handy prefix on the front, and you’ve got yourself a contemporary english word that might mean something along the lines of “reconnection“, but instead refers to a terrifying monstrosity of human construction that will put a bad taste in the mouths of many of my generational peers, purely by mention of the word.
I apologize if that came off as a little cynical. Bear with me here.
Shortly before his retirement, I had a great conversation with the senior minister from the congregational church I went to as a kid. He mentioned that churches are having a more and more difficult time drawing new members in. Young people these days seem to be ‘over it’, so to speak. In his words; “We’re in a time where more people are identifying as ‘spiritual‘, and far less are identifying as ‘religious‘.”
This song is about what draws people to religion in the first place, which I believe is the same reason so many millenials and youngsters are at least a little interested in the broad, ambiguous notion of ‘spirituality‘. I believe it’s actually the same reason the average contemporary human has become so culturally addicted to the good ol’ world wide web.
You see, we are a people who thrive in connection.
Amongst the tribe.
We are herd animals.
You know what…? Call someone you love today.
Tell them how much you appreciate having them in your life.
Forgive me if you’re one of the millions living in this day and age with a devastating allergy to the word “god“, but I believe that’s exactly where you’ll find whatever exactly that is. Take a moment of worship today. Spread a little love. Reconnect.