Note that most of the following observations are stereotypes. They are valid, but there are exceptions to these generalizations.
In my continuing search for the "true" faith, I have seen an interesting phenonomeau in all of the religions I have seen so far.
Most of the religious people I have seen, be it Christians, Muslims, Jews, or whatever all have a sense of superiority over other people. "Oh, I believe in this God, or that philosophy, so that makes me superior to those infidels, who are all going to Hell!"
Now I imagine that some of the atheists reading this are nodding their heads in agreement. Yes, more evidence that religion is destructive to society, and should be eliminated - so everyone will see eachother as brothers instead of "unbelievers".
But save the applause and your expressions of concurrance - I'm not finished yet.
You see, its not just religious people that feel this way - atheists do too!
Many atheists arrogantly refer to themselves as the "reality based community". Oh, I'm so much smarter and wiser than those stupid religious people because I don't believe in any of that crap about a God or heaven
Religious people feel superior because they believe in a certain God(s).
Atheists feel superior because they don't believe in Gods.
This may have sounded harsh, but I'm not attacking any particular religion or ideology. My point is this aurora of superiority that people raise up around themselves has nothing to do with their belief system, its something to do with the human psyche.
And these feelings of superiority are not restricted to beliefs. They can also be associated with race or tribal ties. I'm aryan, so that means I'm better than other people. Or I'm from the Gichi Gichi tribe in South Africa, and I'm better than all of those stupid other tribes.