If religion is an attempt to explain the world around us, then the nihilistic nature of our society seems obvious.
Our gods have become college, government and entertainment. College has become a mechanism to exchange future flexibility for an attempt at a mediocre life. Government has become a cure-all solution, where we ritualistically vote and bicker among ourselves in the belief that it will soon deliver us from our social ills. Entertainment has become an escape mechanism, our previous gods having abandoned us.
When your gods don’t answer, what happens to your society?