Does religion make the children meaner? I’ve just came across to an article about religious children being meaner than the secular ones.
This is not limited to the children of course. I’m a believer but I define myself as a spiritual person. I do not see the need to follow a certain religion to connect with the creator, God or the Universe.. whatever you call it. However I do know that most people need to believe in a certain way and I respect that. Spirituality is not for everyone.
When you go into the core of most religions, the idea is the same. To be a better person, and I appreciate that. I’m also very open to learn about different religions and experience them. For me, the problem starts if it turns into a conservative belief, such as believing your own religion is the only right way and the rest of the world is going to burn in hell. Sorry but if that is your God, I refuse to believe in him.
The biggest cruelty is when parents raise their children in that way, and by idealising their own religion. I do believe that this prevents most of the children questioning what they are being imposed on. If a child is raised up that way, of course he will be mean to the people that aren’t like him, and will label them as the “others”.
If you look at the world, almost all the cruelty and the suffering is caused by the blind beliefs. Whether it’s Islam, Christianity or any other religion, there are examples of all of them going wrong.
There is nothing wrong in believing in something as long as you keep it personal. As a matter of fact, if you are a true believer, you would accept and understand the other beliefs too.
In the end differences make the world more colorful. I wish one day everyone will appreciate that.