During the many years of practicing Muslim rituals, I heard several people laud their benefits by saying things like, "Rituals are the formulas by which harmony is restored." -Terry Tempest Williams. But, neither I, nor the people around me, seemed to experience this; just the opposite, in fact. Why was the opposite of harmony consistently the result of performing rituals that promised harmony and so much more (peace, love, unity, etc.)? Ritual implies following something mindlessly without question or thought.