You have said that there was a time when men and women understood that without a relationship with something higher, they didn't have a real life. Their lives were built on the understanding that they were working, growing, developing. They may have had jobs and families, but their lives were based in a completely different relationship with life -- a relationship that is all but gone today. Could you elaborate?
Just as there are seasons of the year -- times when it is easier or more difficult to cultivate and grow flowers or vegetables because of the abundance or lack of sunshine -- so does the same principle hold true in scale with regards to our spiritual possibilities.
There have been periods in human history where because of certain atmospheric or celestial considerations, there was more light, greater presence present to sustain and support individuals seeking spiritual communion with the divine. This isn't to say that just because we are presently in a fairly dark time that one cannot grow accordingly. Actually, quite the contrary... although the degree of difficulty is greater due to the prevalence of darker influences, the same conditions can make the need for a relationship with what is light and true all the more evident.
There is much to say on this topic, and I haven't time to explain it any further... But suffice it to say that all things are in levels and in scale, and so it goes when it comes to interior and exterior conditions in which we find ourselves at any given moment. The main thing to remember is that there is no force in the universe that can keep an individual from remembering his or her spiritual right to stand in the light, the love that is freedom and fearlessness at once.