There are only two constants in this world: Death and Taxes. The modern world of today is a chaotic and confusing period in human history. The oversaturation of the material worldview leaves little to no time for spiritual growth and development. And thus we are left without a sense of meaning or purpose.
However, there has been a resurgence in religion despite what mainstream society will have you believe as it is within human nature to gravitate towards religion because it was essential to our survival in this chaotic existence. We cannot control everything around our world, but what we can do is have some control over our own lives, and accept what is. Thus we find solace in an artificial and overly materialistic civilization. Admittedly the material and the spiritual cannot exist without the other, though the spiritual will always be superior to the material because the spiritual is eternal while the material is corruptible and subject to change over time. How we confront with these changes is entirely up to the practitioner. I deal with them by studying ancient philosophy and forming a spiritual foundation in which I can continuously grow my understanding of the world.
The important question is whether the formalism of the ‘letter’—this being also a variety of materialism as we have defined it earlier on—has utterly smothered spirituality or only temporarily overshadowed it, leaving the possibility of a re-awakening within the existing organization; only the course of events can give an answer to this question (Guenon 112).
To lead others, one must be able to lead himself and master his thinking. This is the step to forming a spiritual foundation in mastering your own life. This is not a self-help guide and not everyone is capable of doing it. In fact, I would argue only a handful of people today will choose to take control of their own lives. Most are unwilling to make the necessary sacrifices. This requires a great deal of responsibility, and it is a burden to carry for the rest of our natural lives. The rewards are worth it, and those who take on this journey will come out better for it in the end. This, however, is only the beginning as life itself is just one part of the journey.
Guenon, Rene. The Crisis Of The Modern World." Sophia Perrenis. 1929. Chapter 7: A Material Civilization.