Looking back, it seems I only addressed half of the question. I talked about religion, but what about spirituality? Of course, the two often do intertwine to one degree or another. For instance, a Russian Orthodox would consider sacraments and liturgy a vital part of their spiritual walk, whereas for others a walk in the park can be just as spiritual as a 3-hour-long Good Friday service.
But spirituality, as best as I can figure, can be boiled down to human attempts to grapple with the big questions. What am I here for? What is my relationship to the world, creation, my fellow humans? How can I find peace in a world filled with war, disease, pain, injustice? Where will I go when I die? Is there an intelligent being (or beings) who care about and love me? What is most important in life?
Sprituality is like a journey. And everyone's spiritual journey is different.
Does any of this make sense, or am I ranting incoherently once again?
"And though I may not know the answers, I can finally say I am free. And if the questions led me here, then I am who I was born to be." --Susan Boyle
"If all fools could fly, the sun would be eclipsed forever." --Dutch proverb