I guess there was a time when I thought religion was the natural preserve of the elderly. They were nearer to death, had been sufficiently wounded and needed an imaginative hand up. My bias seemed to be confirmed by the number of blue-haired ladies I would occasionally see entering one place of worship or another. Who, at that age, did not need a rock, a support, a succor, a warming tale, a god?
But it occurred to me today that religion in all of its various descriptions is more likely a young (wo)man's pastime. The young have energy and are more open to feeling righteous. They are strong in their emotions and intellect and simultaneously, when touched, more capable of crediting something or someone else. Their tastes and distastes flourish. And most of all, they are attached to (or, in another version, disdain) life as they know it.
The elderly have been around the block more than once. They have experienced what the young may only yearn for. They have seen the gods come and go. It's enough to have a good cup of coffee in the morning. Death is not so horrific as once imagined, so the need for warming tales has waned. They have outgrown, with luck, enough things to realize that religion is something else they don't really need to hold tight ... and holding tight takes the energy of the young. Who's got that kind of energy after a while?
True, there is the social warmth of a Saturday or Sunday morning get-together and there is a recognition that whatever anyone knows is never quite enough and if, by a certain age, a (wo)man were to find her- or himself in a religious profession, what the hell, it can't be helped and it's something to do.
But, using the too-broad brush I am using here, I imagine the elderly would long since have outgrown the energies necessary to the fireworks of religion. Let the young seek wisdom and praise whatever god they find useful. It's not a criticism. It's just the experience of having been attached and no longer finding, or even wanting, the energy it requires.
A nice game of dominoes might be nice.