In this presentation, Wittgenstein begins with some familiar terms in spirituality and ethics; God, soul, and mind. One of the problems, says Wittgenstein, is that we take a substantive to correspond to a thing. The words soul and mind have been used as if they actually stand for a thing. What is a soul is a misleading question. And so, asks the narrator, what will happen to morality and religion? Wittgenstein has a deep respect for religion practice but not theory. He thinks of religious beliefs not as factual "things" but the job they do in shaping our lives. Wittgenstein said that it is not how the world is that is mystical, it is the fact that it is. We should renounce the pomps and vanities of the world and this includes grand explanoratory solutions. Wittgenstein believed that the answer to the riddles of life lies in the dissapearance of the question! He forces us to return to the ethical reality of the every day. When we see that our common life is all there is, that realization is religon. His view is very down to earth and very agnostic. We can only see how religion shapes our life and that is all, not whether it is "true" in a propositional sense. Belief requires conversion of life, truthfullness, and inner integrity. He is equally clear that this is all that needs to be said. We must be cured of speculative, metaphysical questions because all we can know is what appears before us. Is this a mysticism of the every day or a religious agnosticism, or is this, as it always was, the truth of the matter?
Good source of reflection and springboard for spirituality.