Pascal (and Final Identity) has made a long and observant comment on the Mystic post. ... So of course I am going to take the one little thing I disagree with and rif on... :)
"More and more people want prêt-à-porter beliefs, served in individually-sized portions, ready to eat without any effort."
I think it is like with violence: for some reason people feel more fearful now than they used to, so we think that violence is rising, whereas it is actually falling. And similarly, awareness is rising, so we become aware of a problem like most people wanting ready-made beliefs. So because we are becoming aware of it, we think it's a rising problem.
But actually I do believe it is getting better and better, not worse. Just for one thing the number of books about a huge variety of beliefs and philosophies about how the universe and spirituality works is a much greater number than it was a couple of decades ago, and much greater than fifty years ago. Similarly there is a lot more debate going on about these things, thanks in large part to the Internet.
Fifty years ago we thought we lived in the most enlightened times ever. Now we know that we don't. But we are living in an age of a Great Thaw, and that is important.