To best understand this, it’s better to approach the topic with an open mind. First, indeed, the behavior of a person is largely influenced by the environment the person grew up in; to some extent, the environment the individual lives in during their youth. If someone grows up in an abusive home, watching their parents fighting constantly, the individual will most probably grow up angry; additionally, they may normalize violence. Put the same kid in a home that runs on dialog and understanding, then the kid grows up to normalize dialog, as well as arbitration. Humans are like these delicate organic computers that power society but do not run on electricity. Garbage goes in, the same low-quality
Think whatever you want about factors that shape human behavior, but one thing remains constant; society is people; people are the society itself. People agree to live near each other by communicating to develop stema about each other. Stema refers to a basic understanding of something, or someone, in other words, bits of information, or data about other people, or things.
The bits of information are what help someone to recognize, and understand specific people, or things when they encounter them. These people may engage in activities that require cooperation, which in turn result in acceptance. After a while, humans get used to each other, such that trust is developed in their midst. Children are born into these societies and taught the acceptable ways of life in their immediate surroundings.
Look at it this way, your child was born atheist until you, or someone else influenced their understanding to match another belief system. It’s not a popular opinion, but it is what it is because that’s exactly how it goes down. Similarly, if someone is brought up by parents who are pathological liars, it should not be surprising to see the person developing into a dishonest individual. Another important thing to consider is that society runs on reciprocity, a give and receive type of relationship that is geared towards solving needs. You’re hungry, you go outside your home to work for someone else, the employee pays you for your commitment, and you in turn get the opportunity to buy the food you needed in the first place. If a child is brought up in a rich family wherein everything is provided, it is highly likely that the child may never understand the give-receive mechanism. Not that they are misplaced, or anything, but because necessity never drove them towards the need to work for anything.
People who were brought up in socialist countries are wired differently compared to those that grew up in capitalistic states. What does socialist and capitalist even mean? Good question; a socialist country is a state wherein resources are owned by the government. A capitalistic country is a state in which only a small percentage of their entire population control state resources to their own benefit. Take one person from each side, interrogate them on how they think state resources and wealth, in general, should be managed. It is guaranteed that the ideologies therein will be as different as day and night.
Some societies depend on education, and white-collar jobs to survive while the rest value manual labor. If your child grows up around a father who is a farmer, the child is bound to grow up with no negative bias towards manual labor. In areas where parents have streamlined the career paths of their children, it is not uncommon to find certain services missing. You might walk an entire neighborhood and not find a mechanic, or plumber living there. Probably because everyone is educated in a certain way that doesn’t involve hand to hand skills.
Expounding on that belief system indoctrination mentioned earlier, isn’t it strange that your religion mostly resembles that of your parents, neighbors, teachers, and even in some cases, your friends? That’s because that’s what their parents taught them to look up to for their ‘spiritual needs’. Similarly, if a Christian, or Muslim, or a person from any religion relocates to an atheist country, there’s a likelihood of them denouncing their faith in the long run. Especially when hit with multiple waves of evidence, and reason as to why their beliefs are make-believe. This doesn’t in any way imply that religious members of society are unreasonable. It simply points to the fact that human behavior and thinking are influenced by the interactions they have with persons that are constantly around them.