Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

We're having a little crisis of belief these days.

No, it's not just fake news that's eating into our faith time.

It seems that people's general attitude toward God is shifting.

And when I say people, I mean, specifically, the supposedly homogenous group known as millennials. 

Last week, the Pew Research Center offered that a majority of Americans think a belief in God isn't necessary to be, you know, a good person with fine morals. 

It seems there are fine atheists, after all. 

That must mean there are many fine millennials too, as the percentage of 18-29s who have always been sure there's a God has diminished, research says, over time.

I'm sorry. I've come over all spiritual.

I've been moved, you see, by a Marketwatch article that claims many millennials have found a substitute for traditional deity. 

They're turning to the likes of astrology and witchcraft in order to find celestial connection.

The article reveals something I did not know. More than half of young adults are convinced that astrology is a science.

And there I was convinced that it was all made-up stuff that used to make newspaper astrologers a fortune. Yes, some were the highest paid writers beneath celebrated mastheads. I'm sure some still are.

But what might be the attraction of things like astrology or witchcraft? 

Here's a quote Marketwatch obtained from the owner of a so-called metaphysical boutique.

Melissa Jayne explained: "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."

How is astrology somehow a counterpoint to the nastiness of capitalist life? 

Well, it seems that it can give millennials new areas to explore meaning. 

And who can blame them? They've watched their parents bathe in materialism, suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous capitalism and generally wander around in a miserable, selfish haze.

To the millennials, it may be hard to see the meaning in everyday modern life. It's not as if technology has somehow elevated our spiritual side, is it?

Perhaps astrology does. Or at least might. Or at least it's fun to imagine that things are written in the stars and if you could only decipher the language, you'd know what on earth to do with your life.

I once went to a Tarot reader.

She turned over the cards, convinced that she had the keys to my inner being. 

The only problem was that everything she said didn't correspond with what an objective observer might have considered to be facts. It was almost comically inaccurate in every way. 

With every firm statement, she buried herself further. 

In the end, she became so frustrated that she stopped, looked at me and said: "Oh, come on. I've made a mess of this, haven't I? Tell me what's really going on in your life."

She charged $120 an hour. I still paid her. 

Another practitioner in the spiritual arts told Marketwatch that millennials are simply more open-minded. 

Perhaps they accept that no one has answers, so why not search far and wide, in the hope that at least you'll find something that makes sense or, at least, feels good?

If you can't do that in your 20s, when are you going to do it?

There's something sad about people in later life suddenly looking back and realizing their lives were empty vessels, echoing and turbulent.

Me, I think the world is quite meaningless. But if you find some vast truth out there, please let me know. 

If it's in the stars, please indicate which one, so that I can make personal contact.

Published on: Oct 22, 2017