Humanity is in love with its idealized notions. The concept of enlightenment and spirituality are permeated with such notions. Much of my work has been to separate the wheat of spirituality from the chaff of false notions. Needless to say, that meets with a great deal of resistance.
As the following quote suggests, idealized notions include much more of life than just spirituality.
“Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.” – Thomas Sowell
I would only take issue with “of the Western world over the past three decades.” When humanity is without a clear sense of the transcendent, attempts to replace it with idealized notions run rampant in the hearts and minds of the people. No arena is left untouched… psychology, love, politics, philosophy, ethics, justice… even the hard sciences like physics. Such echoes of truth, perceived as truth, hold truth at bay for lifetimes.
That is world history in a nutshell.