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Lancers and Religion

 

 

1) We have Lancers who report their membership in or allegiance to almost all well-known groups in the United States, meaning mostly Protestant Christians, Catholics, Latter Day Saints, other Christians, Jews, Buddhists, animists, agnostics and atheists. There are Christian Science, Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses and others.

2) Under the rubric of Catholic there are Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and maybe others.

3) The largest two groups are traditional Protestants and what I'll call Born Again Christians, which includes quite a few smaller groups.

4) The Born Again groups seem to be the ones who most often attend worship services. The traditional Protestant group seems to be a close second.

5) The Sunny Hills Buddhists and animists sometimes object to being called members of a religion.

6) I know of several retired Protestant ministers among Lancers, 2 current ministers. about half a dozen Protestant missionaries and one Buddhist priest. No Catholic priests, nuns or brothers. A large number of Mormons who completed a missionary assignment.

7) Quite a few Lancer women are married to Protestant ministers. Maybe 20?

8) Among the Lancer atheists, there is a high correlation with computer programmers, engineers, technologists, scientists and physicians. I'd estimate this percentage as 98%.

9) I have not heard of 1960s Lancers who are Muslims.

10) Since 2000, easily 100 or more Lancers have told me, "I believe in something, but I'm not sure what it is", or words to that effect.

NOTE: I'm not a follower of Carl Jung, or a Jungian scholar, and I was certainly not a Jungian therapist. I've studied his work since about 1975, though -- remaining a low-level student -- and consider him a wise, perspicacious man with profound and compelling insights. I think there is more than one basic purpose (or reason) for human existence -- for human life -- including to bear and raise children, to love, to serve God, and as Jung often said, to find or achieve a connection with the eternal.

We often hear it said that everyone serves a master and pursues meaning in some way -- through God, through patriotism, through acquiring money or power, through family, through sports, though music, through gambling, through alcohol, through drugs, through sex, through violence, or through almost any other serious, repetitive activity. Would you agree?

These pursuits are all ways we try to find deep meaning and purpose in our lives, and try to connect with something eternal: more than the brief, transitory nature of human life. Thal's why I include the Jung quotation.