Seeing a spirituial sitution in the Western world, I would say that traditions of asceticism and devoted chasity and virginity being popular in the West during whole Medieval period are almost exinct. Contrary, five millions ascetic (sadhu) reside in India. It was a custom in ancient time that old people retreated to monastery and devoted themselves to God or they became hermits. That custom was practiced in the West, in Russia, in India. Nowadays, it's practiced in India only. Today's Western old people enjoy their life, they drink wine and they are well-dressed and perfumed. Pope Francis has said about crisis of monasticism in the West. Also crisis is being endured with monasticism in Russian Orthodox Church. I would to see your comments. This cheerless situation is being apprehended as alarming by me
The balance is that people of all ages are becoming ascetic. While the world burns, sincere pockets of seekers of the light are becoming chastened, whether due to religious discipline, the failure of sex in human relations, or some other chastening in the sense of behavioral punishment. I agree, the overall portrait is cheerless. I agree as well that the wisdom of elders is not what it was and subsequently not as respected, which makes it difficult when wisdom is what is sought. Joy itself must be reclaimed, with or without the complexity of sexual or even sentimental friendship.