Recently, a CNN article talked about the danger of being spiritual but not religious.
Here's the article: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/29/my-take-im-spiritual-not-r...
Does the danger exist because some of us are still entertaining world views not based in reality but in hopes and (pipe) dreams.
Is spirituality just a catch-all for an emotionally charged, wishy washy, perforated way of thinking? I am beginning to think it is. Anytime one develops a movement organized around hopes and dreams completely or partially disconnected from rational, empirical means of achieving those hopes and dreams, one runs the risk of becoming a religious machine. Does it necessarily lead to a holocaust or crashing commuter planes into skyscrapers? No, but it does provide a seed.
I have even called myself spiritual but not religious, but mainly because I don't have a single word to describe the constellation of feelings and thoughts that actually goes on most of the time.