Whenever I get the feeling I'm being attacked personally, I'll give the "attacker" the benefit of doubt. On the internet, people tend to get aggressive or defensive pretty easily, and in far too many cases, arguments are based on misunderstandings. So I'd try to make sure I'm not getting worked up over some misunderstanding.
Also, a big problem here is that there's less consensus on what "spirituality" is, in opposition to what, say, science and imagination are. There is a form of spirituality which I support, and a different form which I refuse. The former being a general form of being open and accepting towards people, the ability to genuinely listen to others, to not deny everything someone says based on claims of "irrationality", etc. The latter being a form of superstition, a denial of scientific evidence (such as creationism), etc. I have the feeling that magic incorporates both the good and bad parts, that's why I'm wary.
One of the crucial points for me, and one that I won't give up, is that "existence" is one of the strongest attributes you can give to something, and you should only distribute it sparsely. :D
What I oppose is a form of spirituality that hinges on weak claims of existence which confound reality and imagination.
what can confound imagination other then lack of imagination?
I don't think a lack of imagination actually confounds imagination... there is a clear distinction between lacking something and confusing something. What I meant was: If you don't acknowledge the fact that, say, a chair can either be real (in my room) or imagined (in my mind), then you don't even have a basis for the concept of imagination. If there's no distinction between reality and imagination, both concepts lose their content.
Abt_Nihilit is rather daring. why'd you assume it nihil?
And that I'm stuck on a "halfway point of existence" is a pretty daring assumption! :D
Uh... I didn't? :D It just wasn't clear to me from reading ayesinback's post whether all of these attributes (not believing in anything beyond the five senses, having a rather strict view of the imagination) and the attribute derived from it (being stuck on a "halfway point of existence" ) were supposed to apply to me...