The Italians are deeply rooted in the religion of Christianity. Now, with Pope Francis being Italian himself, that bond has been stronger than ever.
There have been a lot of debates regarding the role of religion in society. Both factions of the argument have a lot of good points, though both sides also have flaws. Given that the issue is still being argued upon, one cannot simply cover the whole thing in a single article.
So let’s head deep below the foundations: families. By bringing it down to the core we can analyze how much religion truly affects the values and traits of a certain group. And by breaking it down further, the values and traits of a child.
Religion’s Influence Over a Child
A person’s introduction to Christianity starts when he’s at the young age of 1 where he/she is baptized and welcomed into the Christian world. As this person grows he learns a lot about religion from school, from his parents, and from different form of media outlets.
Christianity heavily influences most of the child’s behavior; his sense of right and wrong, and the way he treats others. He’s taught the Ten Commandments, introduce to Jesus and his teachings, and the concept of heaven and hell.
So is all this good for the child? Yes. It gives the child a fundamental knowledge to differentiate what’s good and what’s bad. Through this process they learn how to be compassionate, to care, and to be an overall better person.
So why the opposition?
One of the opposition’s arguments is the introduction of heaven and hell. Rather than the child’s conscience telling him that it’s the wrong thing to do, it’s fear that governs over how he treats others rather than compassion. There is also the expectation that if he does good things, he’ll be rewarded by eternal bliss.
Continuing on this point, when the child reaches adulthood and realizes what he’d feared and what was promised holds no definitive proof he might not be so incline to continue unto the beliefs he’d been taught.
What the Child Truly Needs
As you can see from this argument alone, both sides are indeed hitting on good points and both certainly has holes in them.
The thing is Christianity, or most religion in general, serves as mere guidelines for the child to develop his ability to identify right from wrong. The trick is to not ground him into that belief, but to let him grow on and outside of it.
It has to be him who’ll decide whether he’s going to be a better person because of the risk versus rewards he’d been taught, or because inside of him, deep in his heart, it’s the right thing to do. That doing something for others without expecting compensation is what it means to be human.
This is why you see a lot of good individuals from all walks of life. It isn’t religion or race that makes a good person; it’s the effort of those around them to show the core of what religion teaches: humanity.