Yeah, no shit!
Courtesy of The Awareness Act:
In a study that was conducted by the University of Chicago, a link was found between non-religious upbringing and kindness. In fact, children who were raised without religion were not only kinder but also showed more empathy towards others.
While most would believe that religion and a higher power breeds a better upbringing, this study seems to indicate otherwise. Led by Professor Jean Decety looked into the perceptions and behavior of various children located in six different countries. They looked into the children’s likeliness to share, as well as their habits regarding judging others or punishing them for bad behavior.
“Overall, our findings … contradict the commonsense and popular assumption that children from religious households are more altruistic and kind towards others,” said the authors of The Negative Association Between Religiousness and Children’s Altruism Across the World.
“More generally, they call into question whether religion is vital for moral development, supporting the idea that secularization of moral discourse will not reduce human kindness – in fact, it will do just the opposite.”
Their findings were quite interesting, and found that “religiosity affects children’s punitive tendencies”. Children from religious households “frequently appear to be more judgmental of others’ actions”, it said.
Do you know how else they could have reached these conclusions?
By spending like five minutes with religious kids.
Do you know how often I was gleefully told that I was going to burn in hell on the playground after daring to question the existence of God?
Well, I don’t really know because I was a little kid and could not count that high, but it was a lot.
People raised to believe that they have a special relationship with an all-powerful entity are of course going to be huge douchenozzles.
That is just a given.
True empathy comes from understanding and respecting the feelings of others.
That is a little hard to do when you are raised to believe you are the chosen people.