It amazes me time and time again, not only how this older generation often has no apparent ability to trust themselves to be able to think independently of authority, but how they belittle those who would think for themselves, and call them “proud” or “arrogant” for it!
To me, questioning authority was always about clarifying, or making sure I wasn’t doing wrong, or believing wrong, and as it takes confidence and conviction to do that, at first I naively thought everyone was (or should be) doing it. Sadly It was rare even in my crowd, but it’s spread like wildfire with the internet and information now.
As for these older people who didn’t grow up with it though, I think I know the root of their problem; they have been told their whole life that they have no education, no control, and thus no responsibility to change anything; they are consequently equal to slaves, because of their limiting beliefs about themselves!
Their families consist of mostly single Moms, who are miserable being so, consequently often abusing their kids because of it. . . commonly losing them to child protective services.
Most of the descendants of the demeaned slave men had poor depressed examples to follow, and still act like slaves. . .taking no responsibility for themselves in general. Often taking out their frustrations in aggression towards the more resilient and strong willed woman folk. This irresponsibility and consequent even lower self esteem seems to be seen in the southern black obesity rates, abortion rates, poverty rates, divorce rates, and numbers of them incarcerated. Just as in Africa, the rate of blacks who are religious in America is high as well.
Is there a connection, with this slave mentality leading to another slave mentality? A black drunk I talked to admitted a belief in God, and said that he stays drunk on purpose, not to drown out his problems, (as we presumed) but because he was afraid to see what God will do to him next! In other words, he wouldn’t be a drunk if he didn’t believe in God cursing his life.
Of course this only becomes a problem for the poor, as the rich are more likely to brag how much they are blessed of God, and make the poor even more depressed, believing that God must hate them.
So, black people aside, how is it that the slaves of religion are affected by that mentality you ask? The way I see it from my Fundamental background, those slaves are much less motivated to be eco friendly, as the world will only be burned anyhow. They are waiting for a new Heaven and a new Earth to come with the return of their Savior. They also often have many more children then the rest of us, purely because of their beliefs. . . whether or not they can afford it, or handle it.
Add to the large families, being taught to give 10% or more of their income to the church, and often being pressured to make the man be the sole provider. . . they are often poorer then the average non- believer.
Also, because many religious people are taught that you cannot truly help anyone, unless you rescue their soul from Hell first, they are less motivated to do much that is purely humanitarian, and doesn’t mainly focus on pushing their religion’s agenda.
In other words, a belief in any higher power = no motivation for anything worthwhile in life, minus putting on an act of perfection, so others will see your testimony and want to have what you have!
Religious people are in a holding pattern, and simply need to get past this life looking good, so that they will get to live happily in the next. So to waste away their life in servitude or misery is fine, because they have a hope for eternal bliss. . .!
And if your child is “unruly” and rebellious, (or doesn’t stay in the faith) you don’t have to leave the ministry as the Bible teaches in 1 Tim. 3, (and as you may have even taught before you had kids) because they are of the age of accountability and also have free choice. . .so that rule only apparently applies to little kids in the mind of the irresponsible religious person? (Or as “God” promises, they will come back soon because they believe they trained them up in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord”, so it’s just a matter of time anyways.)
It went like this:
He was a king who knew exactly what he knew,
And his brain was not a thing
Forever swinging to and fro and fro and to.
Shall I, then be like my father
And be willfully unmovable and strong?
Or is it better to be right?…
Or am I right when I believe I may be wrong?”
Very quickly he will fight…
He’ll fight to prove that what he does not know is so!”
When the authority’s best defense is, “because I said so”, and the treatment of their underlings is demeaning, well then, you can guess that the authority is acting “under the influence”. . .of religion.