Addicted to power. There is a path that is often chosen, along with the desire for materialistic perfection. The soul in return is left to perish of hunger, left to endure a painful longing for a release. The soul will slowly deteriorate without spiritual induction. But do not confuse spirituality with religiousness. One simple way to see it is that "religious" is being devoted to scripture and blinding yourself to all else, and "spiritual" is too vast a word it could most simply be described as just being "good".
That's just one point of view. While the "religious" will say that view is just wrong simply because its not their view. And the "spiritual" will say "Yes - everyone is entitled to their opinion, there is no good or bad, just weak and strong".
I'm not saying that spirituality and being religious are two ends of a pole, to the contrary both support each other and let each other grow, it's symbiotic. However the outcome of these two concepts can be very different.
And now comes a stronger force that tends to overwhelm both the spiritual and the religious; the demon known as materialism. It's in the modern collective unconscious to seek the comforts of the world, the unsaid path to the ultimate, or pre-laid destiny. Or so one is thought to believe from birth. What waste of the soul, what a waste. Our Higher Power, our One will shed tears of sadness. It's like giving a hungry child a banana, and suddenly seeing him peel and throw the fruit and eat the outside instead.
One thing all people of all races, all nations and all time would agree: When you die and your soul leaves the living, you do not take any of your materialistic possessions. In fact you leave this world cold and naked, rotting and decaying into the earth. The only thing that matters would be how your life impacted those around you, because you will only live in their memories after death.