When we are searching for something to believe in, what we are really searching for is something or someone to tell us how to feel. The minute someone or something else tells you what to feel, you stop living your own life and are the empty automaton of another. The search for freedom is the search for self.
Japanese people live life purposely so that life doesn’t overwhelm them. This is how they avoid rioting when calamity hits. This is why they clean the stadium after the World Cup. It’s not because they are “good”, it’s because they are “aware”.
For all their bluster and frothing mouths, Conservative Evangelicals care nothing for moral conduct. They just don’t. They only want public proclamations of faith and loyalty to the tribe.