Why governments and society allow us to indulge in spiritual activity?

dan77's picture

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Governments and society chiefly want you to be a productive citizen.

There are two cases in which they allow you to neglect your duties and indulge in enjoyment:

The first case is when you indulge with a romantic partner in a serious and long-term love romance - staying in bed and being late to work, disappearing to a vacation in the mountains, spending time playing together like small children instead of doing the tasks from work.

The second one is when you indulge in spiritual or religious activity.

It's pretty obvious why they give you this permit in the case of a love romance - they indeed want you to be productive but no less to be reproductive. They need you to produce the next generation.

But why they are so generous in the case of spiritual or religious activity? What is their benefit from you doing so?

I have no clear answer for that. I see only disadvantages for the governments and for society if I'm busy with a spiritual or religious pursuit.

What do you think?

sisi's picture

Another reason

I think that another chief reason why most governments allow us to practice spirituality almost freely nowadays even if it is sometimes at the expense of productivity is in order to let us to release pressure, to have us tunnel our frustrations and resistance through spiritual practices instead of against them.

sisi | Sun, 12/27/2009 - 11:21
Gilana's picture

Spiritual and Religious

Do you think governments put spirituality and practicing religion in the same category?

How do you define religion...is it traditional forms, or religion from within?

Gilana | Tue, 12/29/2009 - 21:27
kulchnaui's picture

It's because they underestimate it

This is a super interesting question. I think that they simply underestimate spirituality, they believe that it's nonsense (maybe it is), they see it as non harmless, harmless to them of course.

If spiritual people as such were engaging in protests and other anti-government acts, I believe governments would have tried to abolish it right away or at least fight it as they do for example in the case of anarchists.

kulchnaui | Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:31
jasdir singh jaura's picture


Governments allows this because they know that their governance is limited at one point. Very well they know that their governance is always incomplete at some level, and that time they thyself look for the help of any higher/supreme-government (God).

They have to allow, Yes. Otherwise they must have the solution to everything/anything.


jasdir singh jaura | Fri, 11/28/2014 - 13:58
sharonk's picture

Most politicians don't believe in god

No, not clear at all - 99% of the politicians do not believe in god.

sharonk | Fri, 11/28/2014 - 21:02
jasdir singh jaura's picture

They do, yes.

One can dance in front of parliament during any religious-festival, but why can't on normal day ? :)

jasdir singh jaura | Sat, 11/29/2014 - 05:56