on building spiritual capital

This blog is becoming a scrapbook of sorts, which is awesome, because there is so much wonderful stuff on the internet that I don't want to lose sight of or forget about. Like this article by David Brooks on Building Spiritual Capital, who has been writing some really beautiful stuff recently. Here is my favourite portion of the article:

“Taken together,” Miller writes, “research supports the idea of a common physiology underlying depression and spirituality.” In other words, teenagers commonly suffer a loss of meaning, confidence and identity. Some of them try to fill the void with drugs, alcohol, gang activity and even pregnancy. But others are surrounded by people who have cultivated their spiritual instincts. According to Miller’s research, adolescents with a strong sense of connection to a transcendent realm are 70 percent to 80 percent less likely to engage in heavy substance abuse. Among teenage girls, having a strong spiritual sense was extremely protective against serious depression. Adults who consider themselves highly spiritual at age 26 are, according to her research, 75 percent protected against recurrence of depression..."

Poignant, and at the same time, not surprising in the least. 

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Some of David Brooks' other articles that are more than worth reading:

The Moral Bucket List 
The Small, Happy Life
Love and Merit  

And a few others that look very worth reading:

Learning from Mistakes
What Is Your Purpose? 
The Nature of Poverty

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