Some millennials will follow whatever trend or political candidate their friends tell them to. This was proven once again this week when a new poll showed that millennials are ditching religion in droves and are instead taking an interest in witchcraft, astrology, and the occult.
When Coco Layne, a Brooklyn-based producer, meets someone new these days, the first question that comes up in conversation isn’t “Where do you live?” or “What do you do?” but “What’s your sign?”
“So many millennials read their horoscopes every day and believe them,” Layne, who is involved in a number of nonreligious spiritual practices, said. “It is a good reference point to identify and place people in the world.”
Interest in spirituality has been booming in recent years while interest in religion plummets, especially among millennials. The majority of Americans now believe it is not necessary to believe in God to have good morals, a study from Pew Research Center released Wednesday found. The percentage of people between the ages of 18 and 29 who “never doubt existence of God” fell from 81% in 2007 to 67% in 2012.
Meanwhile, more than half of young adults in the U.S. believe astrology is a science. compared to less than 8% of the Chinese public. The psychic services industry — which includes astrology, aura reading, mediumship, tarot-card reading and palmistry, among other metaphysical services — grew 2% between 2011 and 2016. It is now worth $2 billion annually, according to industry analysis firm IBIS World.
Melissa Jayne, owner of Brooklyn-based “metaphysical boutique” Catland, said she has seen a major uptick in interest in the occult in the past five years, especially among New Yorkers in their 20s. The store offers workshops like “Witchcraft 101,” “Astrology 101,” and a “Spirit Seance.”
“Whether it be spell-casting, tarot, astrology, meditation and trance, or herbalism, these traditions offer tangible ways for people to enact change in their lives,” she said. “For a generation that grew up in a world of big industry, environmental destruction, large and oppressive governments, and toxic social structures, all of which seem too big to change, this can be incredibly attractive.”
Ah, millennials! It seems that the generation that grew up on Harry Potter would now rather believe in magic and witchcraft than live in the real world!
This shows what little serious thought young Americans put into their life choices these days. We saw this during Barack Obama's presidency, when millennials mindlessly voted for him in droves in 2008 and 2012 without bothering to research what he planned to do to our country. Millennials seem to find reality boring, and would rather live in a dream world than deal with real life.
Sadly, this trend also represents the major decay of morals and values in the U.S. Millennials are more interested in dark magic than learning the positive values of Christianity. This should come as no surprise given the state of American pop culture, which glorifies sex, drugs, and gang violence. Americans live in a country where Kim Kardashian is seen as a role model for young girls even though she became famous solely from a sex tape. Stories like that send the message to young millennials that their bodies are what will get them ahead in life rather than their minds and values.
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