A study carried out showed that females were more scared as children of the monster under the bed. Males were more scared of the monster in the closet.
This dated back to how our primitive brains were programmed…. It is the reason we survived those early years in the swamps, caves and woods…. and it never left us.
The females would look after the young by finding high places to stay safe, such as up trees.
To make sure the females were safe, the males all gathered around the bottoms of the trees to fend of anything coming out of the woods and forests.
The females were always alert of attacks coming up the tree, whereas the males were always alert for the creatures coming out of the shadows of the trees….
Survival skills like that became ingrained. In our more enlightened age, the monsters are just shadows of shadows of our primitive history – but now and then they still trigger off and cause nightmares.
Ever go downstairs in the night and feel more on edge than if it was daytime? That’s the old caveman instincts right there.
In built fear? Yes…
In short: When you are a child, the idea of learning by your mistakes is NOT going to do the human race much good. You crawl out into a tar pit…. and you die. You go and play with a wild dog…. and you die. You crawl into a fire…. and you die. You eat the wrong berry…. you die.
So, part of the human make up is to ACCEPT what our parents and elders tell us without question. They say don’t go near the tar pit, don’t play with the wild dog, stay away from the fire and don’t eat that berry…. you take that information in without question… you survive… and the human race carries on.
You then go and tell your children the same thing…. and they pass it on to their children. It’s an unquestionable source of information, and very seldom is any thought given to this once you reach adulthood.
So back when science was not understood, and there were no TV’s, computers or books around, the wise man in the village used to teach the children. The wise man was often the religious man, Voodoo man, magic man etc…. but as a ‘wise man‘ his words were taken as truth, and the words were passed down through generation after generation.
The trouble with information that is passed through generations, is it becomes harder to shake. Harder to disbelieve…. It gains staying power the older it is.
So when God was first used as an explanation to how things in nature worked…. when Jesus (an educated man) told his stories and based them around the analogy of God (a man created symbol that the current people understood)… when all these stories got passed down, and down, and down…. they stuck.
With that much weight and history behind it, and still having it taught today to our kids… and most likely how you learned about it… is it any wonder that people find it so hard to disbelieve?
People believed the Earth was flat due to stories passed down…. But people’s understanding of science evolved. We have satellite images of the planets that give undeniable evidence… but sadly the spread of things like creationism has been harder to shake, because it is wrapped up in the God myth…. and the fear that YOU WILL BURN IN HELL if you question it.
I don’t blame you – It’s incredibly hard to give up on stories that were ingrained in our brains and DNA since the beginning of time… stories that have been passed down through generations, that have propagated around the world (and changed to suit the beliefs in those locations).
If a few generations of humans stopped teaching religion, it would fade away. That’s not a bad thing.