We still believe the ritual matters - simply because it’s a ritual.
We allow “the ritual” to replace “the life”.
We’re exhausted. We don’t have space or rest.
We think we have to. Or are supposed to. Or are expected to.
We get mad at people who don’t practice it.
We think we are pleasing someone with it.
We think it pleases a deity.
We wonder why that deity seems so far away.
We can’t think of 3 other experiences/actions that provide similar results.