Cultures that are not governed by religious beliefs and tolerant of minority groups tend to have higher levels of wealth, education and democracy, a study has found, Daily Mail is reporting.
Positive changes in culture relating to acceptance and tolerance generally come before improvements in these three measures of affluence, not the other way round.
The data showed that secularism and openness towards minorities – ‘secular-rationality’ and ‘cosmopolitanism’, respectively – can predict GDP, enrolment in secondary education and even the introduction of democracy.
For a nation to become affluent, it needs first and foremost to separate itself from religion and be tolerant of minorities and of individual rights, the study suggests.
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