Some time ago, I posted this photo of myself in my Spiritual Gangster tank and while of course, I really like the shirt, I never thought it would get so much attention.
Interesting term, spiritual gangster.
What does it mean exactly? If you’re not sure, Webster’s won’t be any help. The term isn’t included in our trusty reference.
But I think Urban Dictionary sums it up nicely:
(I took the liberty highlighting some of this definition’s many assets of the spiritual gangster.) I don’t know about you, but I’ll happily associate myself with this term!
While it’s become very popular for people to claim enlightenment and profess how #blessed they are, many of those people are not being true to anyone, least of all themselves. Many of those same “#blessed” people also troll the internet and insult, name-call, and shame other people who don’t share their same worldview, all the while righteously proclaiming their “strong faith.”
Hypocritical, wouldn’t you say? Because it’s exactly that kind of intolerance and irreverence that directly opposes any true faith or spiritual path. There is an obvious lack of not just respect for other people, but a lack of mere consideration of others. What happened to “live and let live,” to “smell the roses,” to “appreciate the little things”?
Listen, social media is lousy with the “blessed” hashtag, but unless people actually, honestly, and indiscriminately embrace a positive attitude and an appreciation for all people and things on a spiritual level,even those they may not appreciate or understand—unless they seek the goodness in all things—then I would suggest taking a holiday from the social media hamster wheel and stopping the blatant misuse of the term blessed.
In the meantime, if you can identify as a spiritual gangster—or if you strive to become one—wear it proudly and share it widely! Then you can sincerely feel #blessed.