Conformity, Religion and the Growing Child

It was the hour of prayer. I saw muslim brothers and sisters rush for prayers. The males lined into the mosque after the order of ablution and the females from their own end did same.

Minutes into prayer, I saw from the window opening of the mosque, Abubakar. He was a young boy of about seven years, judging from my thoughts. Abubakar had refused to
make the necessary bow after a series of prayer. He continued that way until an older person beside him (possibly his father or brother) looked sternly at him. With his hands clasped to his forehead, Abubakar reluctantly made the next bow.


As I write, I recall the Christian setting where we grew. There were services and vigils we refused to attend. In cases where we did, we were "bribed" to attend with biscuits. Prayers seemed too lengthy and pastors looked wicked. Morning devotions were dreaded because the time was always exactly that point when the "sleep becomes interesting".


In our society today, the child has to conform to every kind of religion he is birthed into. As we have seen in the above illustrations, the natural and herbal man, (who is largely traditional) also has his child in this conformity case and till the end of his life has to bow and pour libation to some god every morning or as the case may be.


The question before us lies in the truism of these supernatural beings who have tied us by birth to their worship. In certain cases, the growing child swerves to another religious inclination just like a facade clears off. But then, what makes the rest who stick to religion do so?


I am a christian and so I would hand down this baton of Christianity to my offspring. A muslim or a traditionist would most likely do same unless such parent has in the course of study become a subscriber to the school of thought that the child also has a right to choose religion (of course they do).


Whichever case it is, the tradition of religious conformity which wires our society is a large one. The child would in 80% random survey, conform than switch religions.




This post was first published on NONDOC MEDIA

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